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Collection of field photographs from Alaska

Geologic field site photos from energy, minerals, and engineering geology projects in Alaska


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This collection is comprised of digital, slide and print photographs taken during engineering geology, energy and minerals resource related field projects from 1970-2020. These photos document field sites, geologic features, landscapes and landforms from the various areas of Alaska. There are collections specific to each of the Division's sections that document the effort needed to complete the culling and documentation of exisiting photos. As of 2020, DGGS has cataloged 19,724 photos, with 12,813 available to the public. Only those photos with location information are available within the National Digital Catalog

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DGGS_field_photos_04122018.xml 6.6 MB application/xml
photodb_ndc_12222020.xml 12.56 MB application/xml

Material Request Instructions

Select individual photos may be available through DGGS publications as figures within scientific reports. As we document and archive the photos through our custom built web based interface, the photos will available for public inspection and use at that time.


This collection of field photos preserves a wide range of information such as difficult-to-describe textures and structures, transient outcrops and surficial processes, and project histories that are the underpinning of DGGS?s scientific work. Preserving and archiving these photos will help advance exploration and knowledge of Alaska?s natural resources and mitigate the possible risks of geologic hazards.


All photographs are owned by the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.


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This collection record was compiled using inventory information gathered from DGGS' current and former geologists. An effort to estimate to the work necessary to archive these photos was completed by funding from the FY 2015 National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program. Initial individual records from the Energy Resources section were identified and uploaded as part of the FY 2017 National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program. This collection has been updated with additional records by funding from FY 2020 National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program, award number G19AP00077.

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NGGDPP Collection Extension

collectionGrowthThis collection will grow by approximately 3000 photographs each year as geologists take digital photos during their field projects.
neededImprovementsAll photos and slides need to be culled, documented and archived.
usageTrendIt is expected that usage of this collection would grow exponentially when these photos are available online.

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