Borehole KML File

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The IODP Scientific Borehole KML file, in addition to showing the location of all holes drilled during DSDP, ODP, and IODP, provides links to expedition publications that correspond to drill sites. Move a mouse over borehole locations to display links that lead to corresponding online data. It will take up to 30 seconds for Google Earth to load the file because of the huge amount of data. Be patient.  Once loaded, the navigation is fast. Do not use these files on a slow computer or with a slow Internet connection.

To view this program, you must download Google Earth to your computer (on Mac: minimum Google Earth 4.2.0x).

To explore this map, follow these easy steps:

  1. Download and install Google Earth onto your computer.
  2. Set Google Earth to open in "GL Mode."
  3. Add the IODP KML file:
    • Use Google Earth's top menu to select Add - Network Link.
    • Customize the "Name" of the link (e.g. "IODP Boreholes").
    • Copy and paste the following link:
    • into the "Link" field.
    • Click OK.
    • Under Google Earth Places, check the named link you added to become active.

Wait 10 to 15 seconds for Google Earth to start loading data.
When the process is complete, the locations of boreholes drilled during DSDP,
ODP, and IODP will be shown on the map.

Alternatively, you may download the holes.kml file from the link above and load it directly from your device into Google Earth.

If you have problems installing the file please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

[NOTE: the above URL is not a web page; KML is a file format used to display geographic data in Earth browsers.]


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