Dredged Rock Collection

          Our dredged rock and special collections have moved from Seaweed Canyon at SIO, to an off-campus facility at Camp Elliot, which is located on 10203 Pomerado Road, just east of the I-15. The move of the rock collection from SIO to Camp Elliott was overseen by our rock move manager, Elyse Levy. We now have a new butler building that has 9000 square feet of space to house our rock collections, called the Marine Geology Collections Building. The space is filled with pallet racking, cabinets and, soon to be, drawer sets. The rocks that are being kept in our conventional wooden dredge boxes are now being stored on pallets, with ten boxes per pallet.  Our more delicate collections are being stored in cabinets and drawer sets, within the same building. Samples are now accessible for sampling and we are working on making all associated physical sample data for every sample in the collection available in an online database.


Cored Sediments Collection and Geological Collection Spaces

            Our cored sediments collection also moved, but this time, luckily just to the other side of the Deep Sea Drilling parking lot. When the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) moved their core collection away from SIO in 2008/2009, the geological collections was given ODP’s old lab and refrigerator space, so since that time, the geological collections has been mobilizing all of its lab, office, library and cold core storage items across the parking lot. With the great help of undergraduate workers, we moved the holdings of the core locker that used to occupy the west side of the Deep Sea Drilling parking lot over to the east side, where we now have more room to spread out. We have our main lab space that is our “clean” lab where we have our x-ray machines for imaging and scanning cores for chemical content (more on this under Working with X-Rays tab) and large lab tables for sampling/working with cores. Attached to the main lab are two large cold storage rooms. One is used for miscellaneous material, such as core tops, grab samples and unsplit cores, while the other houses our entire conventional core collection in chronological order. The entire core collection was moved under the oversight of our core move manager, Elyse Levy. Our core collection is now fully inventoried and easily accessible in its new home. Soon, our core collection inventory will be available to search on our database that will be accessible through our collections website. In addition, we have our “dirty” lab, which is in the building just south of the main lab where we split cores, cut rocks, and get dirty! The back portion of this southern lab space is a large unrefrigerated reefer that we use for storing curation supplies and is also used to curate new material and special collections, before they are transported in wooden dredge boxes, or other appropriate containers, into permanent storage in our new Marine Geology Collections Building out at Elliott Field Station. This is also where we keep our updated core splitter that now cuts both sides of the core liner simultaneously and makes for much cleaner core splitting and in much less time. Upstairs in the Deep Sea Drilling East building, we also have a lab that is used for microscope work and/or is available for visiting scientists to set up for use, when needed. We also have a library that contains all of the ship logs, sampling logs and descriptive logs that are in hard copy form for associated core and dredge samples. The library also houses a full set of the Deep Sea Drilling, Ocean Drilling and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program journals, as well as a full suite of books that relate to marine geology and the oceanographic sciences.

Teaching Collection

            Our final new and exciting space is our teaching collection in Ritter Hall. We now have three connected rooms to house our most interesting samples to be used in classroom and lab activities, as well as a place to take our many tour groups that come to visit the collections each year. These samples range from the freshest basalts, to beautifully cleaved quartz crystals, to microfossil collections that track evolutionary changes, to a walrus fossil from the Chula Vista formation, to olivine-rich peridotite, and much more. The identifying information associated with each sample in the teaching collection (i.e. place of origin, collection date, approximate age, type of rock, etc…) is also being entered into a database and a card with this information is being printed and stored with each sample in its drawer or cabinet so visitors to the teaching collection can easily learn about any and all samples of interest.