Collections in geology
Information about the 4.6 billion year history of the planet Earth is stored in rocks, minerals and fossils, which together form the essence of geological collections, or geocollections. A large part of geological research is based on collections and often discoveries arise from specimens once collected and stored in museums.
On the other hand, geocollections are created during geological research and need to be kept and made available as referece material.
Geocollections in Estonia
In Estonia, the main geocollections are owned by the following institutions that together make up a virtual national geological collection:
- Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology
- Geological Museum, University of Tartu
- Estonian Museum of Natural History
- Department of Geology, University of Tartu, and
- Estonian University of Life Sciences, Soil Museum
The geocollections database SARV is used in four academic institutions. This public portal enables to search various geological data including collection specimens, rock and sediment samples, drill cores, localities, references, photo archive etc.
Currently the database holds records of 308729 collection specimens and rock samples, and 76811 digital images and other media files. The data were last updated on 2015-07-01 13:45:13.