Geologic Materials Center - General Information
Alaska GMC remains open in Eagle River
The well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony, which included a keynote address by Governor Parnell, on October 29 at the new facility in Anchorage, marked the successful completion of renovation upgrades to the new Alaska GMC. The center's geologic sample collection, however, will not be be relocated to the new site until Spring 2015. As a result, all business and sample viewing will continue to be conducted at 18205 Fish Hatchery Road in Eagle River until further notice. We appreciate your patience and look forward to providing continued excellent service at our new home in Anchorage once the collection has been transferred.
Please call ahead to schedule a visit to the Eagle River site.
The Alaska GMC, located in Eagle River, is the central repository in which geologic materials collected from Alaska are cataloged, stored, and studied. The center is permanently maintained and managed by the State of Alaska with support from cooperating government agencies that include the USBLM, USGS, USBOEM, AOGCC and private industry.
Alaska is home to world-class, discovered and undiscovered natural resources. The ability to provide baseline geologic data and access to samples from prior exploration efforts is a critical part of investing in the future of our state and crucial for researchers to improve on existing data and obtain a better understanding of our natural resources.
The cores and samples stored at the GMC are critical for exploration and resource management in the state, as the information they provide will likely help discover new or additional oil and gas reserves, regions of viable geothermal energy, or new mineral prospects, as they have in the past.
Modern sophisticated analysis of archived samples is widely recognized as a cost-effective alternative to the tremendous expense of core drilling and resampling in the field. One foot of core can provide critical information to an exploration or development company, potentially leading to discovery and ultimately to millions of dollars in lease, tax, and royalty revenue to the State and hundreds of local jobs.