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Core Repository

A core repository is a cold storage to preserve (drill) cores.  VLIZ has a core repository (dimensions 12 x 6 x 3 m) at the Marine Station Ostend (MSO) with a capacity of about 600 D-tubes with a width of 9 cm.

How does a core repository work?

All cores are stocked in shelves with individual corecells which gives the opportunity to take each core directly out of the shelves. The cold store is maintained at a temperature of 7°C and is equipped with a control that generates an alarm when the temperature deviates more than two degrees from the target temperature.

Most of the cores are divided longitudinal into two cores: one is the ‘workcore’ and is used to investigate the sample and perform analyses. These cores can be recognized by a black cover. The other core is used as a back-up and stays untouched (can be recognized by a red cover).

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Usefulness of the core repository?

  • The storage of cores in a good environment is important to guaranty and maintain their original condition
  • By preserving cores coming from over the whole world, the core repository creates a network between several research groups

Some studies:

At the moment VLIZ is, in cooperation with Ghent University, developing a registration and documentation system to follow up each core individually. This includes registration of each individual core, a description of the conducted sampling or analyses of the core.  

Technical details

The VLIZ-core repository in the Marine Station Ostend (MSO) has following features:

  • Length: 12 m
  • Width: 6 m
  • Height: 3,5 m
  • Room for 600 D-tubes with a width of 9 cm
  • The cold store is maintained at a temperature of 7°C and is equipped with a control that generates an alarm when the temperature deviates more than two degrees from the target temperature.

You want to preserve your cores in the VLIZ-core repository?

Scientists associated with universities or scientific institutions can use our equipment. Contact VLIZ for more information.

Use and conditions

Note: if you use the core repository of VLIZ as a scientist, please refer to it in your publications.