BAS Geological Data - Overview
Entry ID: GB-NERC-BAS-AEDC-00048

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Summary
Abstract: The British Antarctic Survey holds one of the most extensive collections of Antarctic rocks and fossils anywhere in the world. These are predominately from the Antarctic Peninsula region and Scotia Arc, although there is also important material from areas such as the Ellsworth Mountains, Marie Byrd Land and the Transantarctic Mountains. Some of these specimens go back to the very earliest days of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in the 1940s, and include collections made by the pioneer geologists at bases such as Hope Bay and Deception Island. Right from the outset, every specimen collected in Antarctica has been numbered and catalogued, and a vast reference archive is now available for use by the geoscience community. We currently have information relating to 150,000 field samples often with associated analysis data such as geochemistry. Additionally we hold a variety of data for nearly 500 marine cores. Metadata and data are stored digitally within
a number of Oracle 10g database tables and for some datasets such as the type and figured fossil collection there is external access through a web interface. However, a significant number of datasets exist only in analog form and are held within the BAS archives organised by individual geologist. This abstract acts as an overview of the BAS geological data - both terrestrial and marine. Child entries give more detail about specific datasets.

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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: British Antarctic Survey
Dataset Title: BAS Geological Database


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
LAND SURFACE >GEOMORPHOLOGY >TECTONIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >MACROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >MICROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >OCEAN/LAKE RECORDS >MACROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >OCEAN/LAKE RECORDS >MICROFOSSILS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >GEOCHEMISTRY >GEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES >CHEMICAL WEATHERING    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >AGE DETERMINATIONS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >IGNEOUS ROCKS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >METAMORPHIC ROCKS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >SEDIMENTARY ROCKS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >SEDIMENTS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION


Access Constraints
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Use Constraints
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Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
BAS/AEDC/GSD


Data Center
Polar Data Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.antarctica.ac.uk//about_bas/our_organisation/eid/pdc/ind...
Dataset ID: GB-NERC-BAS-AEDC-00048

Data Center Personnel
Name: HELEN CAMPBELL
Contact Address:
Polar Data Centre
British Antarctic Survey


Personnel
ALEXANDER TATE
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-11-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-04-27

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