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MODE/POLYMODE Program records

 Record Group
Identifier: AC-24

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of materials relating to the MODE and POLYMODE programs. Materials include correspondence, magazine articles, press releases, publications, and lists. Of interest is a special humorous issue of the program’s Polymode News, but spelled Polly Mowed Gnus, printed in 1978. Also of interest are articles erroneously linking the program’s research with the Bermuda Triangle, and the subsequent interest generated in the program.


  • 1971-1979

Language of Materials

The records are in



Open: materials are available for research.


Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.

Historical Information

POLYMODE is a follow-up to the USSR POLYGON-70 experiment, carried out in the spring of 1970 in the Eastern North Atlantic, and to the US-UK Mid-Ocean Dynamics Experiment (MODE), carried out in the spring of 1973 in the Western North Atlantic.


2 boxes (.75 linear foot)


The records consist of materials relating to the MODE and POLYMODE Programs.


Arranged in two series:

List of Series:

Custodial History

The custodial history of the records is undocumented.

Acquisitions Information

It is not known when the archives acquired the records.

Separated Material

All POLYMODE publications were added to the circulating collection in the Data Library.

Processing Information

First-level processing completed in 2004 by Beverly Woods and Marisa Hudspeth.

A Guide to the MODE/POLYMODE Program records, 1971-1979
Beverly Woods and Marisa Hudspeth
January 8, 2004
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Language of description note
Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

Part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Data Library and Archives Repository