MMP Core Collection at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory welcomed representatives from BOEM, five states and the news media at the opening of the core repository from BOEM’s Atlantic Sand Assessment Project on October 25, 2016. BOEM’s Chief of Strategic Resources Renee Orr (left) thanked curator Nichole Anest (second from right) and Core Repository Director Maureen Raymo (right) for the opportunity to see first-hand the nearly 190 cores collected offshore from Miami to Massachusetts.

The cores were collected from the OCS 3-8 miles offshore in water depths of less than 100 ft. Analysis of the samples provides information on the chemical composition, grain size, color, and other attributes to help determine compatibility for future coastal restoration projects. The samples provide a 'picture in time' of the current sea floor and how the shelf sedimentary environments have changed over the past nearly 20,000 years. They also provide an unprecedented source of new information for the study of climate change and sea level rise. Samples from the cores are readily available to researchers through Lamont's core repository.
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