Geologic Materials Center - Policy and Facilities

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, therefore some inventory records contain inaccurate information. Furthermore samples without geolocations may not display on the search interface.

SamplingConsequently, users of the facility must understand that inventory data may be inadequate or inappropriate for making certain decisions. Please contact us to confirm that our released sample inventory will meet your research requirements. GMC staff is also willing, at this contact, to determine whether or not other inventory options might also meet your needs.

Services, Facilities, and Equipment

Fees for services at the Geologic Materials Center are effective November 9, 2017 and have been updated July 1, 2019. Set by DGGS Director's Order, the fees will help offset operational costs and solidify the long-term viability of the facility. DGGS went through the formal regulation public comment and adoption process, according to AS 41.08.045. Facility tours are free of charge.

Viewing Rooms

  • Public viewing room has five roller tables with 150 linear feet of sample layout space
  • Three private viewing rooms with 25 linear feet of roller table layout space each
  • High-lumen "daylight" (5000k) overhead track-lights over roller tables
  • Includes extra counter and table space, sinks, LED stereoscopes, digital balances (+/- 0.1g), minor sampling equipment, and a dual-band UV sample viewing box

Advanced Equipment

  • High quality Zeiss petrographic and stereographic microscopes with 8MP digital camera attachment connected to workstation with high-color monitor
  • Visitors may bring their own specialty equipment

Sample Preparation Room

  • 14" and 20" masonry saws
  • Small tile saw
  • Table space
  • Minor rock and hand tools
  • Plugging drill (early 2018)

Network Access

Access to Wi-Fi must be arranged prior to your visit. Please include your name, institution, email, phone number, and days of anticipated usage in your email visit request. Contact us if you have any questions or wish to schedule internet access.

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