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NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Geochemical Database

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The Marine Minerals Geochemical Database was created by NGDC as a part of a project to construct a comprehensive computerized bibliography and geochemical database as a Cooperative effort with the Ocean Minerals and Energy Division of the National Ocean Service of NOAA, and the Office of Marine Minerals and International Activities (INTERMAR) of the Minerals Management Service. The marine minerals project was begun in April of 1983, and ended in 1991. Active compilation of the bibliography ended at NGDC in the fall of 1991. Coding of geochemical analyses at NGDC ended in 1989. The marine minerals database contains geochemical analyses and auxiliary information on present-day marine deposits of primarily ferromanganese nodules and crusts, but also contains some data for heavy minerals, and phosphorites. The NOAA & MMS Marine Minerals CDROM data set, funded by INTERMAR, containing the marine minerals geochemical database and bibliography with access software for PC and Macintosh platforms was released by NGDC in October of 1991. Sources of data include the historic Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) manganese nodule analysis file, the CNEXO ferromanganese nodule analysis file, ferromanganese crust data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey, and data coded at NGDC from the scientific literature. A placer data set from the USGS is also included. The ferromanganese nodule/crust portion of the database contains over 140,000 element/oxide analyses. Approximately 1,400 heavy mineral analyses and fewer than 300 phosphorite analyses are in the database. The geochemical database is described online through the NGDC server.The geochemical database has been corrected and updated by the International Seabed Authority, sponsored by the United Nations - their geochemical database supersedes the NGDC database.

Cite as: Grant, J. Bruce, Moore, Carla J., Alameddin, George, Chen, Kuiying, and Mark Barton (1992). The NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Geochemical Database. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V52Z13FT

Online Access
Distribution Formats
  • ASCII Version: UTF-8
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact Carla J. Moore
Marine Geology Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6339
carla.j.moore@noaa.gov
Purpose: Marine Minerals Research and Exploration
Originator
  • Minerals Management Service
  • NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coastal Zone Management
Date(s)
  • publication: 1991-10-31
  • revision: 1991-10-31
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: Not planned
Supplemental Information: This database is partially incorporated in corrected, updated form from the International Seabed Authority
Time Period: 1984-05-02  to  1991-10-31
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90 S: -90 E: 180 W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Natural Resources > Metals
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Natural Resources
  • 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 > Geochemistry > Marine Geochemistry
  • INFOTERRA > Environmental management > Resources management > Deep sea deposits
  • INFOTERRA > Environmental management > Resources management > Mineral resources
  • INFOTERRA > Environmental management > Resources management > Sea bed exploitation
  • INFOTERRA > Environmental management > Resources management > Sea bed mining
  • INFOTERRA > Subject disciplines > Marine geology > Marine geology
  • INFOTERRA > Subject disciplines > Mining geology > Mining geology
  • INFOTERRA > Subject disciplines > Oceanography > Oceanography
Data Center Keywords
  • WDC/MGG, BOULDER > World Data Center for Marine Geology and Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Instrument Keywords
  • CORING DEVICES
  • DREDGING DEVICES
  • GRAB SAMPLERS
Place keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global Ocean
  • Vertical Location > Sea Floor
Platform keywords
  • OCEAN PLATFORMS
  • LABORATORY
  • SHIPS > SHIPS
Project keywords
  • DOMES > Deep Ocean Mining Environmental Study
  • IDOE > International Decade of Ocean Exploration
Use Limitations
  • 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, however no search/subset capabilities are provided by NGDC.
Other Constraints Cite as: Grant, J. Bruce, Moore, Carla J., Alameddin, George, Chen, Kuiying, and Mark Barton (1992). The NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Geochemical Database. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V52Z13FT
Lineage Statement Lineage varies by data source. Some data received in digital form and reformatted, some data coded from the literature by NGDC.
Source Datasets

Last Modified: 2014-03-31

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