Geologic Materials Center - General Information
Alaska GMC temporarily reopens in Eagle River
The Alaska Geologic Materials Center, on Fish Hatchery Road in Eagle River, will be reopening at its current location on Monday, August 11, 2014.
The State of Alaska is in the process of relocating its geologic sample collection from the current facility in Eagle River to Anchorage, to a larger building that is being remodeled to better serve the purpose of housing the large collection of geologic samples and to more efficiently allow for inspection of those materials.
DGGS managers, working with others in the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Administration, ECI/Hyer Inc., and GMC staff, have been working on preparations to relocate the current collection, with a planned opening date in September. However, a quality control issue related to the installation of the new shelving has caused a 2- to 6-month delay in the moving schedule. Consequently, the opening date for the new facility has also been postponed.
Please call ahead to schedule a visit to the Eagle River site. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause you, and will continue to provide updated information.
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.