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Alaska Geologic Materials Center Receives Mt. Spurr Core


The Alaska Geologic Materials Center received approximately 5,810 feet (over 1 mile) of PQ, HQ, and NQ whole core from three geothermal exploration boreholes drilled by Ormat Technologies, Incorporated near Mt. Spurr, one of Alaska's 50+ historically active volcanoes.

The boreholes were drilled after Ormat Technologies, Inc. secured the geothermal rights to approximately 35,000 acres of land to explore the potential geothermal energy within the Anchorage vicinity. The most recent borehole, 26-11 completed in August of 2011, recovered core from over 3,000 feet of West Foreland conglomerate.

Details of the core inventory will be added into the GMC's online inventory within two weeks. The Curator would like to thank Brigette Martini and Allison Payne for overseeing the safe delivery of the core to the GMC.

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