Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building

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The Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building is a new 63,000 sq ft research lab at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

The building is named after Gary C. Comer, the founder of the Lands' End catalog company. Comer was shocked to discover in 2001 that he could navigate the Northwest Passage in his yacht because of polar ice cap shrinkage. In the process of finding out why, he befriended Columbia professor Wally Broecker, and then donated $18 million for a new building. Gerry Lenfest also dropped in $2 million to support the building, which has a suite of offices named in honor of Broecker.

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