Zentrum für Rieskrater- und Impaktforschung Nördlingen (Centre for Ries Crater Impact Research, ZERIN)
The collection comprises impact crater rock from the Nördlinger Ries, in particular drill cores. It is located in Zentrum für Rieskrater- und Impaktforschung Nördlingen (Centre for Ries Crater Impact Research, ZERIN)
The ZERIN is an institution for the cooperation between the Museum für Naturkunde and the town of Nördlingen. It is a geo-scientific documentation and information centre on the Nördlinger Ries, opened in 1998.
The ZERIN houses the following features
- Storage capacity for approx. 1,900 metres of drill cores 80 square metres of collection samples
- A microscopy room with a thin section collection
- A classroom with 14 workplaces
- Offices for the director and visiting scientists
- A specialist library
Many drill cores from the Nördlinger Ries are stored at the ZERIN, including the 1973 Nördlingen research drill results and a collection of impact crater rock with a focus on the Nördlinger Ries.
The ZERIN can be used free of charge by impact crater researchers and by participants of excursions and university courses. Informal applications for the use of the centre or the loan or submission of samples should be submitted to the Director, who will take a decision in agreement with the town of Nördlingen.