BAS Geological Data - OverviewEntry ID: GB-NERC-BAS-AEDC-00048
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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.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: British Antarctic Survey
Dataset Title: BAS Geological Database
LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > TECTONIC PROCESSES
PALEOCLIMATE > LAND RECORDS > MACROFOSSILS
PALEOCLIMATE > LAND RECORDS > MICROFOSSILS
PALEOCLIMATE > OCEAN/LAKE RECORDS > MACROFOSSILS
PALEOCLIMATE > OCEAN/LAKE RECORDS > MICROFOSSILS
SOLID EARTH > GEOCHEMISTRY > GEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES > CHEMICAL WEATHERING
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > AGE DETERMINATIONS
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > IGNEOUS ROCKS
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > METAMORPHIC ROCKS
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > SEDIMENTS
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Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-11-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-04-27