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Core Strength: Measuring the ground beneath our feet

When drilling deep into the earth for fuel sources, oil and gas exploration companies first use hollow drill bits to unearth sections of subterranean rock called “core.” Geology professor Helge Alsleben and his students study the mineralogical composition and overall strength of these rock samples in the TCU Core Lab. Their results might help determine how the concentration of three main minerals influences the strength of these ancient rocks. Read the full story.

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