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File Identifier: gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.geology:G00993
Metadata Date Stamp: 2015-12-31
Identification Information
Title: Archive of Core and Site/Hole Data and Photographs from the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP)
Dataset Publication Date: 1989-12-31
Abstract: 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.
Credit The DSDP data were prepared by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography with funding from the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES). The CD-ROM data set was prepared by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center with support from the US National Science Foundation through the Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc. (JOI). Core Data from the Deep Sea Drilling Project Legs 1-96, World Data Center for Marine Geology and Geophysics, Boulder, Seafloor Series Volume 1, 2000. Digital core photographs were produced by the DSDP, ODP, and IODP.
Constraints Cite as: Deep Sea Drilling Project (1989): Archive of Core and Site/Hole Data and Photographs from the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP). NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V54M92G2 [access date]
Data Type: Vector
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Browse Graphic Caption: DSDP drill sites
Browse Graphic Type: PNG
Data Theme
Theme Topics: Geological and Geophysical, Oceans and Estuaries
Spatial Domain
West Bounding Longitude: -178.5
South Bounding Latitude: -77.4420
East Bounding Longitude: 179.7380
North Bounding Latitude: 76.15000
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Beginning Date: 1968-01-01
Ending Date: 2000-12-31
Data Quality Information
Scope (quality information applies to): Dataset
Data History: 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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Distribution Link Function: Information
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