Geologic Materials Center - Policy and Facilities
Sampling and Viewing Policy
We highly recommend that users read the Alaska GMC Policy before their visit.
Accessibility and Information
The Alaska Geologic Materials Center (GMC) is constantly acquiring additional inventory details and performing quality control on the information for hundreds of thousands of samples — a process that will take many years to complete. As a result, the GMC strives to find a balance between the public release of samples with more accurate data versus suppressing sample information with partial and/or inaccurate data. The GMC is biased towards greater public access to our store of geologic wealth.
Consequently, users of the facility must understand that inventory data may be inadequate or inappropriate for making certain decisions. Always contact the GMC staff to confirm that our released sample inventory will meet your research requirements. GMC staff is also willing, at this contact, to determine if other inventory options might also meet your current needs.
Please contact us if you would like to contribute any documented corrections or additions to the GMC inventory data. Contributing maps, drill records, or any other documentation is especially welcome.
Facilities and Equipment
The GMC main viewing room has five display roller tables for a total of 150 linear feet of sample layout space. All layout tables include high lumen "daylight" overhead lights for consistent and high visibility sample viewing. Three private viewing rooms, each with 25 linear feet of layout space are available upon request. All viewing rooms include extra counter and table space, LED stereoscopes, digital balances (+/- 0.1g), and minor sample equipment. High quality petrographic and stereographic microscopes are available which includes a digital camera attachment. The camera connects to a computer to download images and allows for live sample presentation on the computer monitor. We also have a 2-band UV sample viewing box. The sample preparation room includes table space, minor rock and hand tools, a vented chemical hood, and a small tile saw. The 20" and 14" masonry saws and plugging drill press, with individual vented hoods, are still under construction.
Access to Wi-Fi must be arranged prior to your visit by contacting the GMC staff. Please include your name, institution, email, phone number, and days of anticipated usage in your web access request. In general, GMC policy encourages visitors to bring their own specialty equipment. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.