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Scripps Oceanographic Collections

The Oceanographic Collections of Scripps Oceanography/UCSD are world-renowned resources supporting basic research, educating current and future generations of scientists, providing factual information to governmental agencies and public policy makers, stimulating curiosity and scientific understanding in the citizens of the state of California, and providing a repository for samples collected by Scripps researchers.


Marine Vertebrates Pelagic Invertebrates Benthic Invertebrates Cored Sediments Dredged Rocks Underway Geophysical Data
fish copepod crab Miocene radiolarians rocks on sea bottom Scripps vessel collecting data
Over 2 million fish specimens More than 110,000 whole zooplankton samples Over 40 000 lots of sorted specimens Over 15,000 core sections More than 2,000 hauls of dredged rocks Geophysical data collected underway on Scripps expeditions

These collections provide the basis for understanding the ocean's biodiversity, changes in that biodiversity and the evolutionary history of life on earth, and the rates and characteristics of climate change.
The holdings of the Scripps collections are unique. They are irreplaceable because they record the state of the ocean environment at specific points in time. The collections are repositories of information concerning the present and past states of the world ocean, which furnish the foundation for predicting the future. Space
 
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