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Current changes due to COVID-19:

The repository will remain partially operational during the pandemic. At this time, we are processing sample requests for both internal and external users. Processing times are slower than normal.

Currently, only WHOI employees and students are permitted in the facility with prior approval through our space use request form. We are not accepting visitors or providing tours of our facility until further notice.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at

Sample Request

All repository samples must be requested via this request form.

Space Use Request

Reserve a time to sample in the lab or utilize the rock saw.

Email Us

Best way to contact our lab is via email.  We are happy to answer any questions you have.

About WHOI Seafloor Samples Laboratory

The Seafloor Samples Laboratory is located in the McLean Laboratory on WHOI’s Quissett Campus. The collection contains more than 14,000 archived marine geological samples that have been carefully recovered from the seabed. The inventory includes long, stratified sediment cores, rock dredges, coral cores, surface grabs and samples collected by submersibles.  Learn More