Geologic Materials Center - General Information
Alaska GMC Reopens July 1st
GMC staff, with the help of Alison’s Relocation, Inc., successfully relocated our entire sample archive from Eagle River to our new location at 3651 Penland Pkwy in Anchorage. We began the move Monday, April 6, and completed the project Monday, May 18, totaling only 31 working days, with no injuries. In total, 102,741 boxes of samples (many approaching 40-50 pounds) were moved on 2,522 pallets in 142 trucks, weighing an estimated 2.5 million pounds (1,250 tons).
The GMC will open to the public on July 1, 2015. We will retain the same phone number, 907-696-0079, which will be activated on opening day. We are now well into conducting a full inventory audit and very excited to start the next chapter of the GMC. Thank you for your patience during our relocation from Eagle River to Anchorage. We look forward to making our entire sample archive accessible to the public once again.
Please contact us to schedule a visit.
The Alaska GMC, located in Anchorage, 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.