Vocabularies

This page lists the vocabularies used in the SESAR database. Controlled lists are marked by an asterisk, and the other lists are suggested. Dynamic lists are created realtime from the database, other lists are displayed on this page below.

 

  • Sample type (Object) * [list]

  • Material * [dynamic list]

  • Metadata fields [list]

    • Sub-Object Type (Individual Sample Only) [list]

    • Classification (Rock) * [list]

    • Classification (Mineral) * [list]

    • Classification (Biology) * [list]

    • Collection method [list]

    • Country * [list]

    • Navigation Type *  [list]

    • Physiographic Feature [list]

    • Platform and Launch Types [list]

 

  • Download an .xls with all lists (updated 2013 June 04) [.xls]

 


 

Sample type (Object)

 

The Sample types page describes the different samples that can be registered. The sample type vocabulary is listed below. 

  • Core - long cylindrical cores
  • Core Half Round - half-cylindrical products of along-axis split of a whole round
  • Core Piece - material occurring between unambiguous [as curated] breaks in recovery. 
  • Core Quarter Round - quarter-cylindrical products of along-axis split of a half round.
  • Core Section - arbitrarily cut segments of a "core"
  • Core Section Half  - half-cylindrical products of along-axis split of a section or its component fragments through a selected diameter.
  • Core Sub-Piece - unambiguously mated portion of a larger piece noted for curatorial management of the material. 
  • Core Whole Round - cylindrical segments of core or core section material.
  • CTD - a CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth) cast sample.
  • Cuttings - loose, coarse, unconsolidated material suspended in drilling fluid.
  • Dredge  - a group of rocks collected by dragging a dredge along the seafloor.
  • Grab - a sample (sometimes mechanically collected) from a deposit or area, not intended to be representative of the deposit or area.
  • Hole - hole cavity and walls surrounding that cavity.  
  • Individual Sample - a sample that is an individual unit, including rock hand samples, a biological specimen, or a bottle of fluid.
  • Oriented Core - core that can be positioned on the surface in the same way that it was arranged in the borehole before extraction. 
  • Other - a sample that does not fit any of the existing type designations. It is expected that further detailed description of the particular sample will be provided.
  • Rock Powder - a sample created from pulverizing a rock to powder.
  • Site - a place where a sample is collected.
  • Terrestrial Section - a sample of a section of the near-surface Earth, generally in the critical zone.

 

 

Metadata fields

 

Please see the description of Best Practices for Metadata. The full list is shown below.

 

Description

  • Material: material that the sample consists of “Rock”, “Mineral”, “Liquid>aqueous” [list]
  • Field Name (informal classification) :Taxonomy (field name) Informal classification of sample e.g. basalt, amphibole, sea water
  • Classification: Taxonomy (formal classification) Formal categorization of sample e.g. igneous, volcanic; IMS mineral name [rock classification] [mineral classification]
  • Sample Description: Free text to describe features of a sample such as its components, texture, color, shape, etc. Ex: “dredge with 50 pieces of basalt and mud”; “euhedral specimen, variety: chiastolite”, “reference quality, medium crystal size.” a
  • Age (min): Numerical value for the minimum age of a sample “4.2”
  • Age (max): Numerical value for the maximum age of a sample “4.6”
  • Age unit: Unit for the age provided “Ma” (for million years); “years”
  • Geological Age: Age of a sample as described by the stratigraphic  era, period, state, etc. “Cretaceous”; “Upper Miocene”
  • Geological Unit: A body of rock established as a distinct entity in the classification of the Earth’s rocks, e.g. Supergroup, Group, Formation, or Flow “Coconino Sandstone”; “Fig Tree Formation”
  • Collection method: Method by which a sample was collected e.g. “dredging”; “Coring>PistonCorer” [list]
  • Collection Method Description: Additional information about the collection method, e.g. if special equipment or procedures were used
  • Size: Size of the registered object, such as the dimension of a specimen, the length of a core, or the weight of a dredge. e.g. “2x4” (enter”cm” into ‘size unit’); “45” (enter “kg” into ‘size unit’)
  • Size Unit (i.e., cm, in, m, kg ): Unit for the numerical value provided for ‘size’. e.g. “meters”; “kg”
  • Comment: Any additional comment about the sample that does not fit into the existing fields.
  • Purpose: The purpose for collecting the sample. e.g. “paleomagnetism”

Geolocation

Here are some links to help with determining geolocation: www.geody.comwww.wikimapia.org

  • Latitude: Latitude of the location where the sample was collected. (‘Start latitude’ for linear sampling features such as dredges.) Needs to be entered in decimal degrees. Negative values for South latitudes. “-24.7852” (=24.7852 S); “5.89634” (=5.89634 N)
  • Longitude:  Longitude of the location where the sample was collected. (‘Start longitude’ for linear sampling features such as dredges.) Needs to be entered in decimal degrees. Negative values for ‘West’ longitudes. e.g. “-103.785 W); “68.9045” (=68.9045E)
  • Elevation:  Elevation at which a sample was collected [in meters]. Use negative values for depth below sea level. Minimum elevation if a range is provided for the elevation/depth below sea level. “678.5”; “-4536” (=4536 meters depth below sea level)
  • Latitude(end), Longitude(end), and Elevation(end) are specified for Dredges.
  • Navigation Type: The method used to determine the location of the sample, e.g. “GPS”, “DVL”. See the MGDS navigation type list.
  • Physiographic Feature: Type of physical feature that your sample was collected from. e.g. “volcano”; “mid-ocean ridge”; “lake” [list]
  • Name of physiographic feature: Name of the physiographic feature that you entered. “Mauna Loa”; “East Pacific Rise”; “Dead Sea”
  • Location description: Free text description of the location
  • Locality: Name of the specific place where your sample was collected. This could be the  name of a mine, a volcanic field, a vent field, or similar. e.g. “Franklin Mine”; “Craters of the Moon National Park”; “MARK area”
  • Locality description: Additional information about the specific place where your sample was collected.
  • Country: Country where the sample was collected. (if applicable) e.g. “Sweden”; “United States” [list]
  • State/Province: State or Province where the sample was collected. (if applicable). e.g. “Utah”; “Minas Gerais”
  • County: County where the sample was collected. (if applicable) e.g. “Rockland County”; “Orange County”
  • City/Township: City or Township where the sample was collected. (if applicable) e.g. “Alno”; “Inca de Oro”

Collection

  • Field Program/Cruise: Name or identifier of the field program (cruise or expedition), during which the sample was collected. (if applicable) e.g. “HLY0102”; “ICDP-05/09”; “ODP Leg 73”
  • Platform type: Type of platform used for the collection of the sample. (if applicable). e.g. “Ship”; “Drill rig” [list]
  • Platform name: Name of platform used for the collection of the sample. (if applicable). e.g. “R/V Roger Revelle”; “GLAD200”
  • Platform description: Any further information about the platform.
  • Launch Type: The type of launch used to collect the sample. e.g. “HOV”, “ROV”. See the MGDS launch type list.
  • Launch Platform Name: The name of the launch used to collect the sample. e.g. Jason II, Alvin
  • Launch ID: Further identifying information about the launch. e.g. for an Alvin Dive, the dive number 3969
  • Collector/Chief Scientist: Name of the person who collected the sample. In case of larger field programs, name of chief scientist responsible for  sample collection. e.g. “John Smith”
  • Collector/Chief Scientist Address: Institution, address, & email of the collector or chief scientist. e.g. “Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA; xxxxx@whoi.edu
  • Collection date: Date when the sample was collected. YYYY-MM-DD
  • Collection time (i.e., 13:00 GMT): Time when the sample was collected. Please provide GMT as hh:mm:ss. e.g. “04:33.54”
  • Collection date (end): Date when the sample collection was finished (if a date range is provided). YYYY-MM-DD
  • Collection time (end): Time when the sample collection was finished.
  • Collection Date Precision: The temporal precision of the collection date and time (e.g. "second", "minute", "hour", "day", "month", "year")

Curation

  • Current Archive: Name of institutiion, museum, or repository where the sample is currently stored. e.g. “Lamont Deep Sea Core Repository; Palisades, NY”
  • Current Archive Contact: Address and/or email of the person who should be contacted for information about or access to the sample. e.g. curator@ldeo.columbia.edu
  • Original Archive: Name of institution, museum, or repository where the sample was originally stored. e.g. “Lamont Deep Sea Core Repository; Palisades, NY”
  • Original Archive Contact: Address and/or email of the person who should be contacted for information about the sample’s original archive. e.g. curator@ldeo.columbia.edu.

Relation To Parent

  • Depth in Core (min): Minimum depth at which a sample was collected from its parent core.
  • Depth in Core (max): Maximum depth at which a sample was collected from its parent core.
  • Depth scale (i.e., MBSF, MCD): Unit in which the depth is provided. e.g. “Meters below seafloor”; “meters composite depth”

 

Collection Method

  • Blasting
  • Camera SledCamera tow
  • Coring
  • Coring>BoxCorer
  • Coring>CameraMounted
  • Coring>DrillCorer
  • Coring>FreeFallCorer
  • Coring>GravityCorer
  • Coring>GravityCorer>Giant
  • Coring>GravityCorer>Pilot
  • Coring>HandHeldCorer
  • Coring>KastenlotCorer
  • Coring>MultiCorer
  • Coring>PistonCorer
  • Coring>PistonCorer>Giant
  • Coring>RockCorer
  • Coring>SideSaddleCorer
  • Coring>SubmersibleMountedCorer
  • Coring>TriggerWeightCorer
  • Coring>VibratingCorer
  • Dredging
  • Dredging>Chain Bag
  • Dredging>ChainBagDredge
  • Grab
  • Grab>HOV
  • Grab>ROV
  • Manual
  • Manual>Hammer
  • Probe
  • Sediment trap
  • Suspended sediment
  • Unknown

Navigation Type

We follow the MGDS Navigation Type list [click here for definitions]

  • ACOUSTIC_RANGING/GPS
  • DGPS
  • DVL
  • DVL:Renav
  • DVL:Renav:Confirmed
  • DVL/LBL
  • DVL/LBL:Renav
  • DVL/LBL:Renav:Confirmed
  • DVL/LBL/INS
  • DVL/USBL
  • DVL/USBL:Renav
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GPS:Assumed
  • GPS/WireOut
  • LAYBACK
  • LAYBACK/LBL
  • LBL
  • Locale
  • LORAN
  • NotApplicable
  • NotProvided
  • RTK GPS
  • USBL

Physiographic Feature

  • abyssal feature
  • alluvial fan
  • anticline
  • aquifer
  • arch (natural formation)
  • arroyo
  • badlands
  • bank (hydrographic)
  • bar (physiographic)
  • basin
  • bay
  • beach
  • bight
  • canyon
  • cape
  • cave
  • channel
  • cirque
  • cliff
  • continental divide
  • continental margin
  • crater
  • delta
  • drainage basin
  • drumlin
  • dune
  • earthquake feature
  • estuary
  • fault
  • fault zone
  • flat
  • floodplain
  • fold (geologic)
  • fracture zone
  • gap
  • gulf
  • gut
  • hydrothermal vent
  • ice mass
  • isthmus
  • karst area
  • lake
  • lava field
  • ledge
  • massif
  • mesa
  • mineral deposit area
  • moraine
  • mountain
  • mountain range
  • mountain summit
  • ocean trench
  • outcrop
  • plain
  • plateau
  • playa
  • reef
  • ridge
  • rift zone
  • roadcut
  • seamount
  • sea
  • stream
  • submarine canyon
  • syncline
  • thermal feature
  • valley
  • volcano

Platform and Launch Types

  • AUV
  • Ship
  • HOV
  • ROV
  • Small craft
  • Submersible / HOV