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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. 1991: NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Geochemical Database. First. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. https://doi.org/10.7289/V52Z13FT. Accessed [date].
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  • Data files and documentation (download)
    Selected data files in the MMDB format, format documentation, and project information. For all data files, order the CD-ROM product.
Distribution Formats
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    • File Specification: American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text format.
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    • File Specification: Open Document Spreadsheet
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Dataset Point of Contact NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
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Dataset Point of Contact Marine Geology Data Manager
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Coverage Description The dataset is nearly global in extent.
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
General Documentation
  • Metadata Landing Page
    How to cite this data set (doi:10.7289/V52Z13FT), all access options, and complete documentation.
  • Web page
    Web page of information about the NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Project.
  • CD-ROM Ordering information
    Web page of information about the CD-ROM product with links to order from the NOAA National Data Centers Online Store.
Associated Resources
  • The NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Marine Minerals Bibliography
  • The NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Bibliography
  • PANGAEA Project: NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Geochemical Database
  • The NeoNodule Project - A Summary
  • NCEI Marine Geology Data Archive
    • Parent Archive
      Information about the Marine Geology Data Archive at NCEI.
  • NOAA/NCEI Marine Geology WAF
Publication Dates
  • 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 - production of the data has been completed
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency Not planned - This dataset will not be updated by NGDC, but is being incorporated into external datasets which are being updated elsewhere.
Supplemental Information
This database is partially incorporated in corrected, updated form from the International Seabed Authority
Purpose Marine Minerals Research and Exploration
Use Limitations
  • Produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Grant, J. Bruce; Moore, Carla J.; Alameddin, George; Chen, Kuiying and Mark Barton. 1991: NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Geochemical Database. First. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. https://doi.org/10.7289/V52Z13FT. Accessed [date].
Cited Authors
  • Grant, J. Bruce
    National Geophysical Data Center
  • Moore, Carla J.
    NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
  • Alameddin, George
    Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Chen, Kuiying
    State Oceanic Administration, China
  • Mark Barton
    University of Colorado, Boulder
Originators
  • Minerals Management Service
  • NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coastal Zone Management
Publishers
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Acknowledgments
  • NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA National Ocean Service, Minerals Management Service
Theme keywords Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Scientific archives
  • Electronic records
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean bottom
  • Geology
  • Submarine geology
  • Marine sediments
SeaDataNet Common Vocabularies
  • Marine geology
USGS Science Topics
  • Sea-floor characteristics
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Marine Sediments
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Chemistry
  • Earth Science > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Sediments
  • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals/Crystals > Metals
  • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals/Crystals > Major Elements
  • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals/Crystals > Minor Elements
  • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Rocks/Minerals/Crystals > Trace Elements
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 > Corers > Coring Devices
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Dredging Devices
  • 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
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • DOMES > Deep Ocean Mining Environmental Study
  • IDOE > International Decade of Ocean Exploration
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
Use Constraints
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
  • 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
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
  • Access to this dataset is unrestricted, however no search/subset capabilities are provided by NCEI.
Other Constraints Cite as: Grant, J. Bruce; Moore, Carla J.; Alameddin, George; Chen, Kuiying and Mark Barton. 1991: NOAA and MMS Marine Minerals Geochemical Database. First. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. https://doi.org/10.7289/V52Z13FT. Accessed [date].
Fees
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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: 2020-04-21
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