About Us

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The Continental Scientific Drilling (CSD) Facility is the result of the merger of LacCore and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO). Our dedicated staff is looking forward to supporting your research with our increased capacity and expanding capabilities. All functions of both LacCore and CSDCO are maintained under our new name, which serves as a single focal point for all types of research involving coring and drilling on land and in lakes. 

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We are part of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences. Funding for the CSD Facility is provided by the National Science Foundation, Division of Earth Sciences, Instrumentation and Facilities Program, through Cooperative Agreement 1951112.

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Facility Overview

Learn more about our Facility functions and services.

Our Team

Meet the CSD Facility personnel and find our contact information to stay in touch.


The goal of Continental Scientific Drilling Facility is to support coring and drilling research in lakes and on land. The policies under which the CSD Facility operates are consistent with applicable NSF policies and can be found on this linked page.

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