Archive of information about geosamples curated by NMNH collected during NOAA/NOS and USCGS hydrographic surveys

browse graphicimage of sea floor sample locations
Prior to August 2001, physical sediment samples collected by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USCGS) and NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) personnel
during hydrographic surveys were routinely sent to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) for curation.
USCGS and NOAA/NOS hydrographic party personnel also generated forms documenting and describing these samples. Both the samples and forms were sent to the Smithsonian.
Smithsonian staff then key-entered information from the forms into the NMNH Paleobiology Sediment Collection database. NOAA discontinued the practice of sending samples to NMNH in September of 2001.
Also in 2001, NMNH gave NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) a copy of information from their database documenting USCGS and NOAA/NOS samples in their collections.
This was a one-time transfer to make the collection searchable via the Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS) database.
No further contributions to the IMLGS are expected from NMNH.
  • cite as: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)(2001): Archive of information about geosamples curated by NMNH collected during NOAA/NOS and USCGS hydrographic surveys. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5J38QHJ [date of access].
gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.geology:archived-data_NMNH-NOS-USCGS-samples
Search Data
  • Map viewer (search)
    Open an ArcGIS interactive map interface with the NMNH sample layer active, to search and download data from the IMLGS database and access related links.
  • Linked data interface (search)
    Offsite Linked Data interface (RDF graph) for Semantic Web access to the database, offered cooperatively on the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) server.
  • Open Data ArcGIS interface (search)
    Access sample information from the IMLGS using the Open Data ArcGIS interface enabling filtering, sorting, and export in multiple formats
Download Data
  • Web forms interface (download)
    Text interface to search and download data for NOAA/NOS and USCGS samples curated by NMNH from the IMLGS database and access related links.
Distribution Formats
  • Text (Version: UTF-8)
    • File Specification: American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text format.
  • KML (Version: 2.1)
    • File Specification: Keyhole Markup Language Uncompressed File
Distributor Distributor information not available
Dataset Point of Contact Marine Geology Data Manager
Marine Geology Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4603
geology.info@noaa.gov
Coverage Description Primarily nearshore continental shelf areas of the U.S. including Hawaii and Alaska
Time Period 1885-01-05 to 2000-05-17
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 61.31333
S: -64.96667
E: 103.46833
W: -175.34972
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
  • Publisher's landing page
    How to cite this data set (doi:10.7289/V5J38QHJ), all access options, and complete documentation.
  • Originator's documentation
    PDF document containing historic NOS bottom type characteristics codes used in older, hand coded descriptions.
Associated Resources
  • NMNH Paleobiology Collections
    • Parent Institution
      Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Paleobiology Collections
  • Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples Consortium: Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS). National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5H41PB8
    • Parent Database
      The parent IMLGS database contains more/related data and information.
  • NCEI Marine Geology Data Archive
    • Parent Archive
      Information about the Marine Geology Data Archive at NCEI.
  • NOAA/NCEI Marine Geology WAF
  • Parent ID (indicates this is related to other data):
    • gov.noaa.ngdc:Marine_Geology
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2001-12-31
  • revision: 2001-12-31
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency Irregular - This dataset was a one-time contribution by NMNH to the IMLGS.
Supplemental Information
The data in the IMLGS pertain only to geological samples sent to the NMNH for storage. This dataset is not to be confused with the NOS Seabed Sample database of information describing all samples collected during hydrographic surveys -- that larger database is described elsewhere and has a map service. Sample data include survey id, sample number, latitude/longitude, original datum, sample description, and other locational and collection information, including NMNH catalog number.
Purpose The purpose of adding information about USCGS and NOAA/NOS samples in the NMNH collection to the IMLGS was to facilitate discovery via IMLGS web interfaces.
Use Limitations
  • Produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Originators
  • U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USCGS)
  • NOAA-National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of the Coast Survey
  • Jack Pierce
    National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution
Custodians
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Sponsors
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Acknowledgments
  • USCGS and NOAA/NOS hydrographic survey personnel collected and described the samples. The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) staff coded information into the NMNH Paleobiology Sediment Collection database.
Theme keywords Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Databases
  • Scientific archives
  • Electronic records
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean bottom
  • Geology
  • Submarine geology
  • Marine sediments
SeaDataNet Common Vocabularies
  • Marine geology
  • Rock and sediment lithology and mineralogy
USGS Science Topics
  • Sea-floor characteristics
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Composition
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • 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
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL OCEAN
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • IMLGS
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
Use Constraints
  • Samples in the NMNH Sediment Collection may not be available for study.
  • 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
  • Sample metadata are available online for free download.
Other Constraints cite as: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)(2001): Archive of information about geosamples curated by NMNH collected during NOAA/NOS and USCGS hydrographic surveys. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5J38QHJ [date of access].
Fees
  • free online download
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Geological samples and accompanying information were sent to the Smithsonian for curation.
Processing Environment Native Dataset Environment: ASCII text
Source Datasets
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
Platform
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Last Modified: 2015-12-31
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