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Cruise inventory

RRS Discovery D63

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Discovery (74E3)
Cruise identifierD63
Cruise period1974-06-12 — 1974-07-14
Port of departureBarry, United Kingdom
Port of returnFreetown, Sierra Leone
Objectives1) 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
Chief scientistStephen E Calvert (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Cruise reportRRS Discovery D63 cruise report d63.pdf — access key 'C' (0.46 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Atlantic Ocean
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Track chartsRRS Discovery D63 cruise track — trk1262a.html RRS Discovery D63 cruise track — trk1262b.html
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 13
Chemical oceanography 
OxygenQuantity: 13
SilicateQuantity: 13
Trace elementsQuantity: 13
Other chemical oceanographic measurementsQuantity: 1
Description: particulate organic matter
Other chemical oceanographic measurementsQuantity: 23
Description: sediment chemistry
Biology and fisheries 
ZooplanktonQuantity: 19
Incident radiationDescription: continuous solarimeter logging
Routine standard measurementsDescription: 6 hourly;south of 20N(for GATE exercise)
Other meteorological measurementsDescription: 2 min.values of temp.,wind and atm.pressure
Geology and geophysics 
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of cores = 24
Description: chemical analysis
Multi-beam echosoundingQuantity: track kilometres = 4862
Long/short range side scan sonarQuantity: track kilometres = 644
Data held at BODC 
1  CTD/STD cast
Vertical spatial coordinates
Salinity of the water column
Temperature of the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates
Salinity of the water column
Temperature of the water column

BODC idDate/TimeLocationDoc.
2980031974-06-14 00:00 43° 50' 24" N  12° 24' 47" W  View metadata report for BODC series reference number 298003