Western Michigan University has a proud history of providing leadership in teaching, research, learning, and public service. The largest of the six academic colleges at WMU is the College of Arts and Sciences with its commitment to graduate and undergraduate education, research and public/professional service.
Reflecting those values, the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education (MGRRE), a part of the Department of Geosciences, focuses on student training, basic and applied research, continuing education and outreach programs in energy, natural resources and the environment. The accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students contribute to technological and economic development nationally and internationally.
MGRRE is an important entity for the Department of Geosciences and Western Michigan University. The facility continues the original Michigan Basin Core Research Laboratory's mission of geological research and technology transfer about Michigan subsurface geology, efficient recovery of fossil fuels and carbon dioxide sequestration. It also includes geological research and education about water resources and environmental topics. The 27,000 square foot facility houses the most comprehensive archives of geological samples and data in the State of Michigan, including approximately 500,000 linear feet of rock cores obtained from oil and gas wells, mineral wells, environmental research wells, rotosonic cores of glacial sediments and samples from Lake Michigan bluff erosion studies and glacial research programs. There are also extensive web-based databases for information dissemination. The facility functions as a primary location for research and technology transfer related to petroleum geology, CO2 sequestration, Great Lakes bluff erosion and water resources. Educational activities include K-16 and post-graduate classroom training and public outreach in natural resources and environmental issues.
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