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Foraminifer Census Counts and SST estimates from Marine Sediments of North Atlantic Ocean

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Abstract: This directory contains foraminifer census counts and SST (Sea Surface
Temperature) estimates derived from marine sediment cores from the
north Atlantic Ocean. The data were provided to NGDC by Dr. William
Ruddiman of the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory. The data set
includes counts by Dr.'s Ruddiman, Kellogg, and Sancetta.
Documentation of the formats, counting methods, and SST transfer
functions are in the files FAUNAL.DOC and SST.DOC. Files with file
extension .ful are full foram count files, those with file extension
.qck are quick foram count files (see FAUNAL.DOC), and the .sst files
contain sea surface temperature estimates.

All of the data files are in the /forams subdirectory, and are ASCII
files which can be used on any computer.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 70.0   S: 30.0   E: -10.0   W: -70.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Ruddiman, W.
Dataset Title: Fossil Plankton Stratigraphies
Dataset Series Name: IGBP PAGES/WDCA Data Contribution Series #: 92-005
Dataset Release Date: March 1992
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO
Dataset Publisher: IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology
Issue Identification: 92-005
Other Citation Details: NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology Program
Online Resource:
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 1.6 Ma
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Originating Center
Data Center
World Data Center for Paleoclimatology, Boulder Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 497-6160
Fax: +1 (303) 497-6513
Email: paleo at
Contact Address:
World Data Center for Paleoclimatology
325 Broadway
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80303
Country: USA
Distribution Media: online - available via anonymous FTP
Phone: 804-924-7964
Contact Address:
University of Virginia
Dept. of Environmental Science
City: Charlottesville
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 22903
Country: USA
N.G. Kipp(1975). New transfer function for estimating past sea-surface
conditions from sea-bed distribution of planktonic foraminiferal assemblages
in the North Atlantic. Memoir 145, Geological Society of America.
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23