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BODC Cruise Metadata Report for RRS Discovery (74E3) cruise D63


This report collates information from the BODC cruise inventory and oceanographic databases. It presents

Cruise Inventory Information

Long name RRS Discovery (74E3) cruise D63
Short name D63
Objectives and Narrative 1) To obtain a series of large-volume water samples, for studies of the trace element compostion and particulate matter geochemistry of some of the water masses of the North Atlantic

2) To obtain a series of sediment core samples, for geochemical sudies, along selected profiles off the North West African margin

3) To obtain samples of the benthos at 3000-4000m depth off the North West African margin.

4) To obtain a 24 hour series of biological samples from 300-600m depth at a single station off northern Spain

5) To obtain side scan sonar and telelsounder coverage of the African continental shelf
Ship RRS Discovery
Departure Port Barry, United Kingdom
Departure Date 1974-06-12
Arrival Port Freetown, Sierra Leone
Arrival Date 1974-07-14
Principal Scientist(s) Stephen E Calvert (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Responsible Organisation Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory
Associated Project(s) GATE
IHB Sea Areas Visited North Atlantic Ocean, North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Marsden Squares Visited 110/145/146/181/2/38/39/74/75
Work Area Description
Unable to lookup cruise bounds at this time
Work Area Bounding Polygon
Southern Limit unknown
Northern Limit unknown
Western Limit unknown
Eastern Limit unknown

Cruise Inventory Datasets

Physical oceanography  
Water bottle stations Quantity: number of stations = 13
Chemical oceanography  
Other chemical oceanographic measurements Quantity: 1
Description: particulate organic matter  
Other chemical oceanographic measurements Quantity: 23
Description: sediment chemistry  
Oxygen Quantity: 13
Silicate Quantity: 13
Trace elements Quantity: 13
Biology and fisheries  
Birds Description:  
Zooplankton Quantity: 19
Incident radiation Description: continuous solarimeter logging  
Other meteorological measurements Description: 2 min.values of temp.,wind and atm.pressure  
Routine standard measurements Description: 6 hourly;south of 20N(for GATE exercise)  
Geology and geophysics  
Core - soft bottom Quantity: number of cores = 24
Description: chemical analysis  
Long/short range side scan sonar Quantity: track kilometres = 644
Multi-beam echosounding Quantity: track kilometres = 4862

Cruise Inventory Mooring/Buoy Operations

No information on datasets is currently available

Summary of BODC Data Holdings for the Cruise

National Oceanographic Database


# Series Instrument Description Parameters
1 CTD/STD cast Salinity of the water column
Temperature of the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates

Note: Parameter terms are taken from the BODC Parameter Discovery Vocabulary XML (SKOS)

Full List

BODC Reference Instrument Description Date/Time Location  
298003 CTD/STD cast 1974-06-14 00:00Z 43° 50' N, 12° 24' W Click for more

Project Database

No data currently held for this cruise in the BODC Project Database


Track Charts

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