MTA (Mineral Research & Exploration General Directorate), established in 1935 with the aim of conducting scientific and technological research on mineral exploration and geology, is a universally well known and leading organization.
Mineral Research & Exploration Bulletin is published since 1936 twice a year and distributed worldwide.
|Vassel Name||:||MTA Oruç Reis|
|Lenght Overall||:||87 m|
|Main Engines||:||4 x 2520 kW ABC 12V-DZC Diesel Generator|
|Speed (Max)||:||17 knots|
|Helideck||:||Sikorsky S-61N/S92 (12 tons)|
Mineral Research and Exploration Institute which is now the General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA) was established 1935 with the directives of Atatürk.
Until that time there has been no Natural History Museum in Turkey. With the studies on earth sciences at every corner of Turkey large amount of samples including fossils and minerals have been collected in MTA. And also numerous fossils and minerals were given as a present from the universities and institutions. All these specimens were the first members of the collection of the museum.