Dr. Jeff Chiarenzelli attended the International Continental Drilling Program’s workshop. | St. Lawrence University Geology

Dr. Jeff Chiarenzelli attended the International Continental Drilling Program’s workshop.

On January 8-10th Dr. Jeff Chiarenzelli attended the International Continental Drilling Program’s workshop at Cornell University on the Ithaca campus.  The workshop included 40 international experts on deep drilling and 25 Cornell faculty from Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Professionals from the oil industry, geotechnical firms, and leaders in geothermal energy production came from Europe, North and South American, and Asia to help with planning.  The purpose of the workshop was to prepare a number of proposals to support the drilling of a 5 km deep geothermal borehole in Central, New York and ancillary scientific studies possible for such an endeavor.  Dr. Chiarenzelli gave a presentation and poster on the bedrock geology beneath the drill site location and potential scientific questions to the group.  At the workshop Dr. Chiarenzelli ran into a former SLU geology classmate and fellow participant, Dr. Karin Olson Hoal ’80.  Dr. Olson was recently appointed the Wold Family Professor of Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.