Core Research Laboratory

The Core Research Laboratory within the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers state-of-the-art analytical capabilities allowing the nondestructive analysis of diamond drill core. This includes continuous multi-elemental analysis of the core using XRF. In addition, high-resolution core images and surface topographic data are collected allowing structural measurements and rock quality designation. Research in the Core Research Laboratory focuses on a wide range of geoscience applications, ranging from the characterization of core from the minerals and energy industries to fundamental geology and environmental studies.

The Core Research Laboratory was established in November 2021 through a partnership between the Swedish company Minalyze AB and Colorado School of Mines. The Laboratory is located at the Federal Center in Lakewood in close proximity to the Core Repository of the US Geological Survey.


Dr. Thomas Monecke
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
1516 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401