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Geological Materials Repository

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.

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Publication Notice: Directory of Public Repositories of Geological Materials

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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 collections, and in 2008, a working group was convened