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Archive of Core and Site/Hole Data and Photographs from the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP)

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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.

Cite as: Deep Sea Drilling Project (1989): Archive of Core and Site/Hole Data and Photographs from the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP). National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V54M92G2 [access date]

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Distribution Formats
  • ASCII
  • TIFF
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
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General Documentation
  • http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/geology/drill.html
    Web page of information about the database including links to full documentation and free data download from NGDC.
  • doi:10.2973/odp.tn.9.1988
    Ocean Drilling Program (1988): Deep Sea Drilling Project documentation files. Ocean Drilling Program Technical Note 9. doi:10.2973/odp.tn.9.1988. PDF document containing an image of the original documentation files for the DSDP prime data types.
Associated Resources
  • The NGDC Marine Geology Data Archive
  • Ocean Drilling Program Technical Note 9
Originator
  • Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP)
Originator
  • Peter Woodbury
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Science Operator for the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP)
Originator
  • Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES)
Originator
  • U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
Publisher
  • National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA
Date(s)
  • publication: 1989-12-31
  • revision: 2013-08-21
Edition: Third
Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Digital image
Digital document - digital representation of a primarily textual item (can contain illustrations also)
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: Not planned  -  Completed data set, no additions planned.
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/data set. 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. Core images were scanned from paper photographs/negatives by staff of the Ocean Drilling Program. Additional images of laboratory forms, were scanned from microfilm under an NGDC CDMP project. All images are available offline only due to volume. 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.
Purpose: Scientific Research
Use Limitations
  • Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
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:
Themes
  • Scientific archives
  • Electronic records
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean bottom
  • Geology
  • Submarine geology
  • Marine sediments
  • Marine geology
  • Sea-floor characteristics
  • 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
Data Centers
  • WDC/GEOPHYSICS, BOULDER > World Data Center 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 > Photon/Optical Detectors > Cameras
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > CORING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > ROCK CORERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > SEDIMENT CORERS
Places
  • SOLID EARTH > CRUST
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL OCEAN
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Projects
  • ODP/DSDP > Ocean Drilling Program/Deep Sea Drilling Program
  • Deep Sea Drilling Project
  • DSDP
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.
Other Constraints Cite as: Deep Sea Drilling Project (1989): Archive of Core and Site/Hole Data and Photographs from the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP). National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V54M92G2 [access date]
Fees
  • free online download
Source Datasets
Lineage Statement Prior to transmission to NGDC, the core 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. Digital images were scanned by staff of the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) at Texas A and M University, from core photographs taken by DSDP staff, and some later photographs taken by ODP staff.
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Metadata Last Modified: 2014-07-01

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