National Petrology Reference Collection

New Zealand's National Petrology Reference Collection contains rock and mineral samples from the earliest days of the Geological Survey to today. The collection is the single most comprehensive collection of New Zealand rocks and minerals in the world, and is a valuable national resource.

The collection includes samples from on- and off-shore New Zealand, Antarctica and the rest of the world. It is added to continuously, and can be searched online using the PETLAB database ( The contents of the collection include hand samples, thin sections, mineral separates, core cuttings and more.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Author GNS Science
Maintainer Email
Update frequency Continuously updated
Source Created 1865-01-01
Source Modified 2022-03-11T09:35:38
Language English
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Source Identifier baf9c73c-42ff-4ab4-b3e2-42f3d364b265
Dataset metadata created 8 July 2020, last updated 15 June 2022