Drill Core Feature

Drill Core Collection

The Drill Core Collection was established with the gift of more than 6000 metres of drill core from Shell Canada Limited. Combined with the U of A’s existing core collection, this donation helped form a comprehensive collection used for teaching and research. The collection of drill core originates mainly from the Precambrian basement of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, with a focus on core from Saskatchewan. The materials include carbonate, clastic, and evaporite sequences as well as shorter cores from the oil sands of Northern Alberta.

The Drill Core Collection is a valuable asset and greatly enhances Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' teaching and research programs. The support of Shell Canada has provided an important facility in which to train students in reservoir description and provides them the opportunity to gain "hands-on" experience with subsurface core.

Location and Access

  • The collection can be accessed by students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public
  • Contact John-Paul Zonneveld to arrange an appointment or tour
  • Highlights of the collection are exhibited in the Paleontology Museum (B-01 Earth Sciences Building)
    and the Mineralogy and Petrology Museum (B-08 Earth Science Building)
  • Monday to Friday (closed holidays): 8 am to 4 pm
  • Members of the public and school groups (K-12) are welcome to arrange a tour of the Paleontology Museum and the Mineralogy and Petrology Museum (minimum five, maximum 30 people)  
  • Contact the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in advance to ensure availability


John-Paul Zonneveld, Curator
2-6A HM Tory Building
Phone: (780) 492-3287


Lisa Budney, Collections Assistant
3-34 Tory Building
Phone: (780) 288-0109