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The GMR is home to the largest, publicly accessible USGS rock core and cuttings collection (the Core Research Center collection). In addition to the large core and cuttings collections, there are over 1,000 pallets of varied materials, from numerous Science Centers and Mission Areas, currently stored in the GMR space.

Geological Materials

Geological Materials

A variety of samples collected for completed USGS projects are stored in the Geological Materials Repository for possible future use.

Core Research Center

Core Research Center

The Core Research Center (CRC) was established in 1974 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to preserve valuable rock cores for use by scientists and educators from government, industry, and academia. 

Core Research Center

NSF Ice Core Facility

NSF Ice Core Facility

The National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility (NSF-ICF) — formerly the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) — is a facility for storing, curating, and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world. 

NSF ICF

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Year Published: 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS)—A master catalog and collections management plan for U.S. Geological Survey geologic samples and sample collections

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is widely recognized in the earth science community as possessing extensive collections of earth materials collected by research personnel over the course of its history. In 2006, a Geologic Collections Inventory was conducted within the USGS Geology Discipline to determine the extent and nature of its sample...

The Geologic Materials Repository Working Group, 2015, The U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS)—A master catalog and collections management plan for U.S. Geological Survey geologic samples and sample collections: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1410, 108 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133 /cir1410.