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Start at Online Geophysical Map Search tool:

The Online Geophysical Map tool provides capabilities mostly equivalent to the Search Criteria interface below.
Please refer to the Help tab available on the map. Send questions and suggestions to

Windows    Macintosh    UNIX-LE (Linux-X86, etc.)    UNIX-BE (Sun, etc.)

    Title of Search:
Analog Data Digital Data Analog Or Digital Data

Upper Latitude
Left Longitude  
 Right Longitude

Lower Latitude

    Single Channel Seismic Reflection
    CDP Seismic Reflection
    Side Scan Sonar
    Seismic Refraction
    Digital Shot Pt Navigation

Your Operating System - The type of computer you are using is, in most cases, automatically determined. Change this only if you wish to output files to a format different from the one which was determined for you.
Type of Data - Choose to Search for cruises which contain Analog Data, Digital Data, or Analog or Digital Data. Digital data can be downloaded immediately within this system. Analog data found can be accessed through a link which may connect you to a link for downloading images of the data, or to a contact which can arrange for the data to be mailed to you.
Geophysical Parameters Surveyed - Choose to restrict your Search to cruises which collected specific geophysical parameters. If you choose multiple parameters and the UNION(OR) option, cruises which contain at least one of the parameters will meet the criteria. If you choose the INTERSECTION (AND) option, cruises must have all the chosen parameters to meet the Search criteria.
Lat/Lon Area Bounds - Choose the latitude/longitude boundaries of your Search area in decimal degrees or in degrees, minutes and seconds. Switch between the 2 above methods with the button in the center of the lat/lon boxes. Latitudes must be between 90 degrees North and 90 degrees South. Longitude values must be between 180 degrees West and 180 degrees East (or -180 and +180). Your area may not cross both 0 degrees and 180 degrees (e.g. 120E to 120E will not work). If you wish your area to span the entire globe longitudinally, you should choose bounds of 180W to 180E (or -180 to +180), or just click the World button. This has the effect of not using area as a Search criteria. The Use Map button allows you to choose a (rectangular) area with a mouse-driven map selection tool.

Entering/Editing Polygon(s) in the Text Box - Enter each point of your Search Area Polygon(s) on a separate line, separating the latitude and longitude with a comma (use no spaces). If you have more than one polygon, use the "Enter" key to place a blank line between each of the polygons. If a polygon segment is more than 180 degrees longitude, the segment will go around the world in the shortest (wrong) direction, therefore add an extra polygon point on such segments.

Example: 2 areas, one a triangle and one a rectangle, are defined as follows:
Latitude Longitude -------------------- -------------------- 5.932 degrees North 172.000 degrees East 12.500 degrees North 150.370 degrees West 30.000 degrees South 142.600 degrees West 60 deg 30 min North 150 deg 30 min East 60 deg 30 min North 160 deg 20 min East 50 deg 15 min North 160 deg 20 min East 50 deg 15 min North 150 deg 30 min East They would be entered as: 5.932,172 12.5,-150.37 -30,-142.6 60.5,150.5 60.5,160.333 50.25,160.333 50.25,150.5

You may enter up to 20 areas with up to 22 points (lat/lon pairs) each. However, the total number of points is restricted to 100.

Use the Rectangle or the Line button to re-do your Search area as a box or as an Intersect Line.
Cruise Id(s) - Restrict the Search to specific cruise(s) (generally port-to-port operations) by its identifier(s). You can Search either by NGDC Number (Data Center Identifier) or by the Survey Id (Identifier supplied by contributing institution).
Data Source(s) - Restrict your Search to specific Source(s) (Institutions, or sometimes countries). Choosing ALL SOURCES causes Search to ignore Source criteria, and thus accept cruises from any Source.
DATE Added to System - Restrict your SEARCH by the date the surveys were assimilated into this System. This give you the opportunity to easily check for new data. Enter beginning and ending dates in the format YYYYMMDD (year-month-day) to define a range of dates.
Year Data was Collected - Use this option to restrict your Search to data collected during a specific span of years. Enter beginning and ending years to define a range of years. Enter 4 digits for year (e.g. 1994). If you only want to find surveys which contain data in a single year, simply repeat the beginning year as the ending year. If any part of a survey took place within the range of years you specify, that survey will match the year criteria.