Q: What are best practices to maintain samples, particularly in remote or difficult areas to work in?
A: Drill core is the product we as core drillers produce, therefore the handling and presentation of it to the client is key. Typically, a segmented cardboard box is used that holds 10 feet. These are remarkably stout and work for 80 percent of the normal surface drilling. In remote locations where helicopter transport is used or in underground applications, a wooden box is preferred due to its strength and more robust nature. Keeping the core sample in its linear order from which it was removed from the ground is key, because without knowing the exact location where the core was retrieved from, makes the core information almost useless.