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Aeromagnetic Regional Grid Data

Several regions are represented in this unique collection of earth surface measurements of magnetic field parameters and their related anomalies. The DNAG Magnetics "Super grid" of Magnetic Anomaly Map of North America was created from the four "Original" DNAG Magnetic data sets distributed by The Committee for the Magnetic Anomaly Map of North America, 1987. This development of a super grid involved an extensive task of matching original quadrant information and eliminating overlap. The resulting grid, with x and y step intervals of 2.0 kilometers yields a grid with dimensions (4451 x 4273) containing 19,019,123 values. This process can be thought of as "stitching the grids." The data in this grid are in a Spherical Transverse Mercator projection, the kilometer coordinates of which can be recovered from the indices of a grid point. The Ministry of Geology of the USSR published a mosaic series of 18 maps in 1974, at a scale of 1:2,500,000 showing the residual magnetic intensity over the land mass of the USSR. Much of the source material originated from data collected between 1949-1962, during which time the entire territory of the USSR was surveyed using aerial magnetic survey techniques. These surveys wereadjusted based on many methods including secular variation linked to magnetic observatories. Anomalies were computed with reference to a normal field map for 1964-65 constructed from equally accurate total field measurements along control network strips. Digitization was accomplished in 1982 by the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office. The "BRIGGS cubic spline" method was used to compute grid values. A one-minute grid was created by properly matching the boundaries of the digitized sub-sections. The units of the original map aremilli-Oersteds and the units of the resulting digital grid are milli-Oersted/100. Corrections to the digital contour file were made by Conoco 1993. New Grid files at 2.5 Km and 5.0 Km spacing were created and re-archived by NGDC. These data are available on CD-ROM. World Data Center-A (WDC-A) for Solid Earth Geophysics presently holds Grid data from many U.S. and other regions. These data were contributed by: USGS, MINN G.S. and other Worldwide organizations. Grid intervals vary but are as fine as 213.36m for the NGS Super Grid of the state of Minnesota. Other grids were recreated indigital form from previously published maps and charts. The bulk of these grid data files were contributed to NGDC after 1985. A detailed list of the specific regions is available upon request.

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    • ASCII
    Distributor Distributor information not available
    Point of Contact Brian Meyer
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Documentation links not available.
    • The Committee for the Magnetic Anomaly Map of North America (1987)
    • The Ministry of Geology of the USSR
    • U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office
    • Dataset contact information not available
    • DOI/USGS > U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
    • Minnesota Geological Survey
    • Geological Survey of Canada
    • U.S. Department of Energy
    • publication: 1983-01-01
    Edition: First
    Dataset Progress Status Under development
    Data Update Frequency: Unknown
    Supplemental Information: Formerly G00999, F01017. Parent G01149.
    Purpose: Provide Access to High Definition Gridded Magnetic Survey Data Collections
    Use Limitations
    • 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.
    Time Period: 1978-01-01  to  1990-01-01
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
    N: 90
    S: -90
    E: 180
    W: -180
    Spatial Coverage Map:
    • EARTH SCIENCE>SOLID EARTH>Geomagnetism>Reference Fields
    • EARTH SCIENCE>SOLID EARTH>Geophysical Fields>Magnetic Field
    • EARTH SCIENCE>SOLID EARTH>Geomagnetism>Magnetic Anomalies
    • Gridded Tracklines
    • Aeromagnetic Surveys
    • Anomaly Grids
    • Airborne Magnetics
    Data Centers
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Global
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    Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.

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