The Sorting Center - Trieste Section of the Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide (National Antarctic Museum) is the national center for the collection of that geological-marine material sampled in Antarctic and Magellan marine areas during the Italian PNRA Antarctic Expeditions (Programma Nazionale Ricerche in Antartide – National Antarctic Research Program) since the early 1990s.

Is located at the basement of the building of the Department of Geosciences of the University of Trieste, it extends in 500 square meters and includes laboratories for the sample processing, cold rooms, freezers and selves for sample storage.





The Trieste Sorting Centre was organized for the storage and the preliminary analyses of the marine geological samples and houses over 1.000 meters of deep-sea core sediment, over 1.400 kg of dredge and grab samples and over 50 meter of box-cores of Antarctic and Magellan marine areas as well as of Antarctic lakes and beach samples. The samples are stored in cold rooms at a temperature of 4 degrees centigrade (cores and sediments considered archive), freezers and on shelves at room temperature (sub-samples obtained for the study of sediments).


Sorting Center services includes:

Furthermore, the Sorting Centre is able to offer scientists, in addition to the space needed for activities, a series of instruments for the study of the samples including:

  • analogue and digital photographic equipment;
  • hood for chemical analysis;
  • standard equipment for sedimentological analysis.


Sample Distribution Policy

The samples of preserved collections are distributed nationally and internationally upon request by scientists for a specific Antarctic project. Please send your request at and you will be put in touch with the project responsable researcher.

Please remember to acknowledge the Sorting Center - Trieste Section of the Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide in all publications that result from the data collected from materials stored at the Sorting Center.

A standard acknowledgement is given below: This research used samples and/or data provided by the Sorting Center - Trieste Section of the Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide. The MNA is sponsored by the Italian PNRA and MIUR.