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NGDC Marine Geology Data Archive

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Marine Geologic data compilations and reports in the NGDC archive are from academic and government sources around the world. Over eight terabytes of analyses, descriptions, and images of sediment and rock from the sea floor and lakebeds are available. Examples of data available include sediment/rock composition, physical properties, petrology/mineralogy, geochemistry, paleontology, paleomagnetism, x-rays, photographs, and other imagery. All reports and data, regardless of format, are accessible via the Marine Geology Digital Inventory and/or linked to the Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS). Searches offer free, immediate download of digital data, many images, and .PDF reports, and information on how to obtain full-resolution images from the archive, and order CD-ROMs, microfilm, or oversize charts. Some larger data sets, including the IMLGS, have their own web interfaces. The IMLGS provides searches of sea floor and lakebed cores, grabs, dredges, and drill samples available from sample repositories at partner institutions, with links to browse and download related information from NGDC and other sources.

Cite this dataset when used as a source.

  • NGDC Marine Geology Data Archive
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Distribution Formats
  • Text (Version: UTF-8)
  • PDF
  • TIF
  • JPG
  • WMS (Version: 1.3.0)
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6339
geology.info@noaa.gov
General Documentation
Author
  • Multiple investigators
Originator
  • Multiple projects, institutions, and agencies worldwide
Publisher
  • National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA
Date(s)
  • publication: 1976-07-06
  • revision: 2014-04-15
Edition: First
Data Presentation Form: digital
Dataset Progress Status inProgress
Data Update Frequency: Irregular  -  Additions as new data are received.
Supplemental Information: Many data reports were received as paper copies, on 35-mm or 16-mm microfilm, or microfiche. All paper reports have been scanned to PDF and some microfilm reports are also available as PDF, however some reports are obtainable only offline in their original form.
Purpose: Research in global change, benthic habitats, mineral resources, and environmental processes.
Use Limitations
  • Please cite the originator of the data set, the date downloaded, and the National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, as the source of the data.
  • Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Time Period: 1930-01-01  to  2013-11-29
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • Databases
  • Scientific archives
  • Electronic records
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean bottom
  • Geology
  • Submarine geology
  • Marine sediments
  • Geochemistry
  • Marine mineral resources
  • Manganese nodules
  • Marine geology
  • Rock and sediment lithology and mineralogy
  • Rock and sediment chemistry
  • Rock and sediment physical properties
  • Underwater photography
  • Geothermal measurements
  • Sea-floor characteristics
  • lacustrine sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Geotechnical Properties
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Chemistry
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Composition
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sedimentary Textures
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Boreholes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Isotopes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Microfossils
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Paleomagnetic Data
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Geochemistry > Major Elements
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Geochemistry > Minor Elements
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Geochemistry > Trace Elements
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Paleomagnetism
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals > Age Determinations
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals > Igneous Rocks
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals > Metamorphic Rocks
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals > Sedimentary Rocks
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > Marine Sediments > Stratigraphic Sequence
  • EARTH SCIENCE > PALEOCLIMATE > Ocean/Lake Records > Stratigraphic Sequence
Data Centers
  • WDC/MGG, BOULDER > World Data Service for Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platforms
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > CORING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > DREDGING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > ROCK CORERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > SEDIMENT CORERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Trawls/Nets > BOTTOM TRAWL
Places
  • Solid Earth > Crust
  • Geographic Region > Global Ocean
  • Vertical Location > Sea Floor
Projects
  • Unknown
Use Constraints
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Access Constraints
  • Access to this dataset is unrestricted.
Fees
  • free online download
Source Datasets
Lineage Statement Lineage prior to transfer to NGDC is unknown.
Processing Environment Native Dataset Environment: ASCII text

Metadata Last Modified: 2014-05-02

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