About the Polar Rock Repository

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The Polar Rock Repository is a national facility constructed adjacent to Scott Hall, home of the Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University. It is supported by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs. The repository houses rock samples from Antarctica, the Arctic, southern South America and South Africa. The polar rock collection and database includes field notes, photos, maps, cores, powder and mineral residues, thin sections, as well as microfossil mounts, microslides and residues. Rock samples may be borrowed for research by university scientists from anywhere in the world. Samples may also be borrowed for educational or museum use in the United States. Visitors are welcome at the PRR by appointment.


Please use the following citation when referring to samples or materials from the PRR:

The Polar Rock Repository (PRR), Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC), Ohio State University: Polar rock and dredge samples available for research and educational use from the PRR. doi:10.7289/V5RF5S18 [date of access]
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, under Grant No. 1643713. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.