The Polar Rock Repository (PRR) is a national facility located at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University.

The repository houses rock and unconsolidated samples primarily from Antarctica, dredge collections the southern oceans, and limited collections from Australia, South America, and Africa. The polar rock collection and database also includes field notes, photos, maps, cores, thin sections, and related materials.

Samples are provided for research (including destructive techniques), education, and museum use under a no-cost loan program. Read more

Source locations of our samples
PRR Operations During COVID: The PRR remains open for sample and data requests, however, on-site visits are by appointment only.

Search The Collection

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Sample Loan Rules

Search our Collection Database (above) to locate samples in our catalog. Narrow down by numerous available criteria options until you find the sample(s) you are looking for.

Samples may be requested by using the Add to Shopping Cart option in the search system. Destructive techniques are permitted on loaned research samples.

Sample Loan Details Donate Samples

Educational Resources

The PRR offers several education & public outreach materials and programs including our Rock Box school loan program.

Borrow a Polar Rock Box Student Travel Grants


E-mail the Curator about other uncataloged collections, or with questions.

Learn About the PRR (Video)