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Coring Demonstration Aboard the Research Vessel G.K. Gilbert

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Terry Kelley, Felton Jones, Rich Young, and Jack Kindinger
Above: (Left to right) Terry Kelley, Felton Jones, Rich Young, and Jack Kindinger enjoy the interior of the research vessel G.K. Gilbert before leaving shore. [larger version]

Kyle Kelso, Julie Bernier, and Nancy DeWitt
Above: (Left to right) Kyle Kelso, Julie Bernier, and Nancy DeWitt cut the core pipe after collection of a vibracore sample. [larger version]

On a sunny day in St. Petersburg, Florida, an unusual crew boarded the U.S. Geological (USGS) research vessel G.K. Gilbert. Felton Jones, Chief of Acquisitions and Grants, in town for a meeting at the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center's office in St. Petersburg, took part in a vibracore demonstration aboard the ship. Also present were Associate Center Director Jack Kindinger and Marine Operations Manager Terry Kelley.

Rich Young captained the Gilbert, and geologists Julie Bernier and Nancy DeWitt led the demonstration, with help from research associate Kyle Kelso. The group took a brief turn around Tampa Bay and anchored a few miles from shore for a display of the vessel's impressive marine-science capabilities. As the geologists took a core sample, Jack Kindinger explained the procedure to everyone else.

Because the core will not be used for any current scientific investigations, it will be saved and put on display in the upcoming USGS Florida Integrated Science Center open house in St. Petersburg in November.

The demonstration, which took place on August 28, 2007, served as a fascinating way to glimpse the work done day in and day out on one of our greatest maritime assets, the G.K. Gilbert.

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