Construction and Support of a Polar Rock RepositoryEntry ID: USPRR_Construction
Abstract: The Office of Polar Programs and polar geologists recognized the value of
saving rock collections from Antarctica and created the United States Polar
Rock Repository at Ohio State University. This facility opened in October,
2003. Since that time, we have cataloged more than 6100 rock samples. The
data associated with these samples, along with a rock magnetic database
... representing more than 1700 sites and a photo/map archive are now available to
the community via the internet at:
The USPRR advances knowledge about polar geology in regions that are often not
well known because of logistical and ice-cover constraints. The presence of a
facility like the USPRR lessens the environmental impact in polar regions by
encouraging researchers to assess samples in the USPRR collection first. Our
facility provides a way for teachers and children to learn about Antarctica via
our website and by visiting us (we have more than 1000 visitors/yr). For
children in the K-12 age range, we have created these links on our website: a
Virtual Tour of the Repository, Meet the Curators, Kids Space and Frequently
Asked Questions as a way of learning about Antarctica. Cataloging of samples
provides university students with an opportunity to learn about the geology of
Antarctica as well as learning new skills in digital imaging, curation and
databases. Our results are broadly disseminated to the scientific community and
public via our website.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Grunow, Anne
Dataset Title: United States Polar Rock Repository
Dataset Series Name: USPRR online database
Other Citation Details: SeeOnline Resource: http://www.geology.ohio-state.edu/agg-group/images/rockrep.html
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 km - < 10 km or approximately .01 degree - < .09 degree
Vertical Resolution Range: 100 meters - < 1 km
ISO Topic Category
Quality Information about the rock samples come from field notes, theses, publications
or from data tables filled out by the sample collector. Precise geographical
information is lacking for rock samples collected prior to 1990, for this we
have place names and field map information.
Access Constraints none
Use Constraints All users who have received samples from the USPRR must:
1) Acknowledge the USPRR in any proposal or publication (including annual
and final NSF reports) using the following wording: "This research used
samples and/or data provided by the United States Polar Rock Repository
(USPRR). The USPRR is ... sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation."
2) Acknowledge the original collector of the sample(s).
3) Include the "United States Polar Rock Repository" as keywords provided to
the journal or book publisher of a manuscript using any USPRR samples or data.
4) Provide to the repository library, one reprint of any published paper that
used information obtained from USPRR for the repository library.
Users of data from the USPRR web site should acknowledge the USPRR as the
source in all proposals, reports and publications.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: online, electronic
Distribution Size: variable
Distribution Format: pdf, jpg, Excel
Email: curator at bprc.mps.ohio-state.edu, grunow.1 at osu.edu
United States Polar Rock Repository Byrd Polar Research Center Ohio State University 108 Scott Hall 1090 Carmack Road
Province or State: Ohio
Postal Code: 43210
Grunow, A.M., 2003, The Antarctic Rock Magnetic Database: an overview, 9th
ISAES meeting, Antarctic Contributions to Global Earth Science, Terra Nostra,
Askin, R.A. and Grunow, A.M., 2003, The United States Polar Rock Repository and
Antarctic Geologic Database, 9th ISAES meeting, Antarctic ... Contributions to
Global Earth Science, Terra Nostra, p. 10-11.
Grunow, Anne M., 2003, Magnetic property information and the new Antarctic rock
magnetic database; an overview; Anandakrishnan, Sridhar, editor; Goodge, John
W., editor; Panter, Kurt S., editor; Siddoway, Christine S., editor; Wilson,
Terry J., editor Open-File Report - U. S. Geological Survey OF 03-0065. Reston,
VA : U. S. Geological Survey.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-12-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-07-07