SCAR Geoscience map catalogue
Futher information
The SCAR Geoscience Map Database is an initiative of the SCAR Working Group on Geology with the support of  the Working Group on Solid-Earth Geophysics. Its aim is to compile a listing of all geoscientific maps of Antarctica, covering the region south of 60 degrees south latitude. Maps are listed under the following categories:
Geology (mainly outcrop geology, but including some sub-ice interpretations and Gondwana reconstructions; also marine geology)
Geophysics (magnetic, gravity, seismic profiles)
Geomorphology (including sub-ice topography)
Bathymetry (contoured maps of water depth but not hydrographic charts which are included in the SCAR Catalogue of maps and Charts)
They are broken down further according to scale and region. 

With such a range of maps in the literature, the decision for including any map was often somewhat subjective and is the sole responsibility of the senior compiler.  Published sheet maps with scales and full geographical coordinates were obvious candidates for inclusion.  However, there are many other maps, mainly in scientific journals, which contain a wealth of geoscientific information but which certainly do not satisfy the cartographers’ rigorous definitions of a map.  Typically they are in colour and have a scientific key, but they may have curious scales (as a result of being reduced by editors to fit the page), lack full details of coordinates, and some may even be sketch maps.  But, if they depict important new data and or interpretations, or have historical interest and importance, they have gone in.  By contrast, the countless black and white sketch maps within the text of geoscientific papers have not been included.  Nevertheless, almost 450 maps are currently listed.

The database was designed and compiled by members of the British Antarctic Survey

Senior compiler:
Mike Thomson 
Database Design and Compilation:
Nicola Johnson
Data Entry and Compilation: 
Clare Presnell
Database consultation and Interactive Web page design:
A. Paul R. Cooper

Our thanks to:
Sarah Dobson who prepared the initial database outline, structure & prototype, compiled data and extracted data from a previous database.
Ann Roberts who undertook early work on data collection.
D.B Collinge, D.A. Gowler, J. Hutton & C.G. Ward who assisted with data entry.

Many national representatives of the SCAR Working Group on Geology submitted listings of their countries’ maps, saving the compilers many hours of library work:

C. Craddock (University of Wisconsin, USA)
D. Damaske (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover, Germany)
Director (Antarctica Division, Geological Survey of India, Faridabad, India)
D. Elliot (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA)
D. Fritzsche (Alfred Wegener Institut für Polar- und Meeresforshung, Potsdam, Germany)
D.F. Lear (US Geological Survey, Reston, USA)
J. López-Martínez (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)
E. Mikhalski (VNIIOkeangeologia, St Petersburg, Russia)
Y. Ohta (Norsk Polarinstitutt, Oslo, Norway)
N. W. Roland (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover, Germany)
K. Shiraishi (National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan)
J. Sievers (Institut für Angewandte Geodäsie, Frankfurt, Germany)
H. Walter (Institut für Angewandte Geodäsie, Frankfurt, Germany)

The database is meant to be a ‘living document’ and the compilers would welcome corrections, 
notifications of omissions, and suggestions for additions to the list.

Please send these to:

Dr Nicola Johnson,
SCAR Geoscience Map Database,
British Antarctic Survey,
High Cross,
Madingley Road,
Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK.
Fax: +44 (0)1223 362616;


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