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Core Data and Photographs from the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) Legs 1-96

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The Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) operated the D/V GLOMAR CHALLENGER from 1968-1983, drilling 1,112 holes at 624 sites worldwide. The DSDP was funded by the US National Science Foundation and several foreign countries through the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES), and was operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The DSDP data management group at SIO compiled a full suite of computerized marine geological and geophysical data files before they were disbanded in 1987, at which time the data files were transferred to NGDC and to the Ocean Drilling Program at Texas A&M University for distribution.In 1989, with support from, and in cooperation with, the Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc., U.S. Science Support Program, NGDC produced two compact discs (CDROM) containing all computerized DSDP data. In 2000, all but the logging and geophysical data were re-released as 1 CD-ROM with an HTML interface. Data are available for free online download. In 2007, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) transferred digital images of all core photographs and closeup core photographs in their collection to NGDC for archive. Due to their volume, these data are not available online, but are archived and available on request. The photo collections consists of 17,635 high-resolution TIFF files, volume 553.34 gigabytes.

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Distribution Formats
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact Marine Geology Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6339
geology.info@noaa.gov
Purpose: Scientific Research
Originator
  • Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP), Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES)
Date(s)
  • publication: 2000-12-31
  • revision: 2000-12-31
Edition: First
Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: Annually
Supplemental Information: The original, 1989 DSDP CDROM set included two discs and access software developed by NGDC for DOS and Macintosh platforms. Disc I contained sediment and hard rock descriptive and analytical data, documentation files, and several summary and reference files. Disc II contained downhole logging in the Schlumberger LIS format, and underway geophysical data (bathymetry, magnetics, and navigation) in the MGD77 format - the borehole and geophysical data are not included in the current metadata record - they are described elsewhere. Not all data types are included for all legs. Data files on the discs include the following: Age profile, carbon-carbonate, core depth recovery, density-porosity, gamma ray attenuation porosity evaluator (GRAPE), hard rock major and minor element geochemistry, thin section and visual descriptions of hard rock samples, interstitial water chemistry paleomagnetism of sediment and hard rock samples, paleonotology (including 22 fossil groups), smear slide descriptions, sonic velocity, vane shear, visual core descriptions, and x-ray mineralogy. Logging data in the LIS format are included for Legs 1, 4, 5, 8, 46, 58, 50, 51, 60, 61, 63-71, 74-76, 78, 80-84, 87, 89, 95, and 96. Geophysical data consist of bathymetry, magnetics, and navigation for legs 4-96 (not all data types are available for all legs).Note: on Feb 22, 2006 latitude/longitude information was updated for LEG 001 Hole 2 to correct an error that was present since the files were first transferred to NGDC. ODP personnel certified the correction.
Time Period: 1968-01-01  to  2000-12-31
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 76.15000 S: -77.4420 E: 179.7380 W: -178.5
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > Marine Geophysics > Marine Magnetics
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > Marine Sediments > Sedimentation
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > Marine Sediments > Sediment Composition
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > Marine Sediments > Stratigraphic Sequence
  • EARTH SCIENCE > PALEOCLIMATE > Ocean/Lake Records > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > PALEOCLIMATE > Ocean/Lake Records > Stratigraphic Sequence
  • EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > Rocks/Minerals > Age Determinations
  • EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > Rocks/Minerals > Bedrock Lithology
  • 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 > Geomagnetism > Paleomagnetism
  • INFOTERRA > Environmental information > Environ. information networks > Environ. information networks
  • INFOTERRA > Environmental management > Resources management > Deep sea deposits
  • INFOTERRA > Subject disciplines > Geology > Geology
  • INFOTERRA > Subject disciplines > Marine geology > Marine geology
  • INFOTERRA > Subject disciplines > Oceanography > Oceanography
Data Center Keywords
  • WDC/GEOPHYSICS, BOULDER > World Data Center for Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Instrument Keywords
  • CAMERAS
  • CORING DEVICES
  • ROCK CORERS
  • SEDIMENT CORERS
Place keywords
  • Solid Earth > Crust
  • Geographic Region > Global Ocean
  • Vertical Location > Sea Floor
Platform keywords
  • DRILLING PLATFORMS
  • OCEAN PLATFORMS
  • LABORATORY
  • SHIPS > SHIPS
Project keywords
  • ODP/DSDP > Ocean Drilling Program/Deep Sea Drilling Program
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.
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.
Lineage Statement Prior to transmission to NGDC, the data were maintained in a pre-relational database management system written in Algol on a Burroughs computer. Data were written off to 9-track magnetic tape for transfer to both NGDC and the successor Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) at Texas A and M University. The Burroughs computer was then decommissioned and no further work was possible to change or correct the data that came from it. Peter Woodbury did do some post-database correction on the SCREEN database.
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