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International Seabed Authority (ISA) Central Data Repository (
“The Central Data Repository (CDR) holds centralized data of public and private information on marine mineral resources acquired from various institutions worldwide. The Authority uses this data to standardize and evaluate data for quantitative mineral assessments.”

Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (USA) provides access to data portals for the NSF-supported Ridge 2000 and MARGINS programs. GeoMapApp ( is a standalone data visualization and analysis tool developed by the MGDS.

Ridge2000 Data Portal (
(hosted by MGDS)

NDSF Data Portal (
(hosted by MGDS)

PetDB (
PetDB is a scientific information system that maintains a geochemical data collection of ocean floor igneous and metamorphic rocks. PetDB utilizes the MGDS Feature ID vocabulary and has sample locations in GeoMapApp.

VentDB (
“VentDB is an effort funded by the US National Science Foundation to build and operate a data management system for hydrothermal spring geochemistry that will host and serve the full range of compositional data acquired on seafloor hydrothermal vents from all tectonic settings.” VentDB is being developed in 2010 and will utilize the MGDS Feature ID vocabulary and have sample locations in GeoMapApp.

Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program (
Many of the arc and intra-plate volcanoes in the InterRidge Vents Database have been assigned a permanent and unique identifier (Volcano Number) by the Global Volcanism Program.

Alvin Dive Log & Metadata (
The InterRidge Vents Database provides dive numbers for some of the vent fields discovered by the submersible Alvin.

Global Oceanographic Data Center (GODAC) Portal (
Databases for imagery, biological and rock samples collected with Japanese research submersibles, and access to JAMSTEC cruise reports.

ChEss Google Earth Tour, DVD of vent fauna, and ChEssBase (
The ChEss Google Earth Tour provides a chronological global discovery of vent sites, along with images of animals, biogeography, and extremes.
“The aim of ChEssBase is to provide taxonomical, biological, ecological and distributional data of all species described from deep-water chemosynthetic ecosystems, as well as bibliography and information on the habitats.” Listings in ChEssBase are also available at the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (