Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 969–976, 2017
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 969–976, 2017

  06 Dec 2017

06 Dec 2017

The GIK-Archive of sediment core radiographs with documentation

Hannes Grobe1, Kyaw Winn2, Friedrich Werner, Amelie Driemel1, Stefanie Schumacher1, and Rainer Sieger1 Hannes Grobe et al.
  • 1Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, 27515 Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 2Institut für Geowissenschaften (formerly Geologisch-Paläontologisches Institut und Museum, GIK), Christian-Albrechts Universität, 24118 Kiel, Germany
  • deceased

Abstract. The GIK-Archive of radiographs is a collection of X-ray negative and photographic images of sediment cores based on exposures taken since the early 1960s. During four decades of marine geological work at the University of Kiel, Germany, several thousand hours of sampling, careful preparation and X-raying were spent on producing a unique archive of sediment radiographs from several parts of the World Ocean. The archive consists of more than 18 500 exposures on chemical film that were digitized, geo-referenced, supplemented with metadata and archived in the data library PANGAEA®. With this publication, the images have become available open-access for use by the scientific community at

Short summary
A unique archive of radiographs from ocean floor sediments was produced during five decades of marine geological work at the Geological-Paleontological Institute, Kiel University. The content of 18 500 images was digitized, uploaded to the data library PANGAEA, georeferenced and completed with metadata. With this publication the images are made available to the scientific community under a CC-BY licence, which is open-access and citable with the persistent identifier