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The NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database

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                title:  European Petroleum Survey Group (EPSG) Geodetic Parameter Registry
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            title:  The NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database
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                date:  1976-12-31
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                  Anchor:  DOI doi:10.7289/V5G44N6W
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        abstract:  The NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database contains particle size data for over 17,000 seafloor samples worldwide. The file was begun by NGDC in 1976 in response to a need by the Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program (OCSEAP) for a detailed, digital file of textural analyses. Data are from OCSEAP studies, academic institutions, environmental baseline studies conducted under contract to the Bureau of Land Management under the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Program, and from laboratory reports generated by the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office. Data include collecting institution, ship, cruise, sample id, latitude/longitude, date of collection, water depth, sampling device, method of analysis, sample weight, sampled interval, raw weight percentages of sediment, within a given phi range. Some samples also have percentages of total gravel, sand, silt, clay, and statistical measurements such as mean, median, skewness, kurtosis, and standard deviation of grain size.
        purpose:  environmental research
        credit:  US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) and World Data System for Geophysics, Boulder.
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            keyword:  EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Sediments
            keyword:  EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Sediments
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            keyword:  CORING DEVICES
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            otherConstraints:  Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center (1976): The NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5G44N6W [date of access]
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            useLimitation:  Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
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            otherConstraints:  While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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                date:  1980-12-31
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            otherCitationDetails:  Entities and attributes are completely described in a text file accompanying the datasets on download.
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            evaluationMethodDescription:  Quality control: Missing data or gross percentage errors are noted. Processing: Data sources include contractors for the Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program; contractors for the Outer Continental Shelf Office, Bureau of Land Management; and project managers from academic institutions.
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                  DateTime:  2000-12-31T00:00:00
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                description:  multiple investigators, institutions, and funding sources, many under contract to BLM/OCS or OCSEAP
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            individualName:  Carla J. Moore
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            description:  Instrument Type: Sea floor and lakebed geologic sampling (coring, drilling, dredging, trawling, and/or grab sampling devices) and/or in situ measurements (cameras, visual observations, and/or recorders/loggers)
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                            address:  (CI_Address)
                                deliveryPoint:  NASA Global Change Master Directory, Goddard Space Flight Center
                                city:  Greenbelt
                                administrativeArea:  MD
                                postalCode:  20771
                                country:  USA
                                electronicMailAddress:  gcmduso@gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov
                            onlineResource:  (CI_OnlineResource)
                                linkage: http://gcmd.nasa.gov/Resources/valids/
                                protocol:  http
                                applicationProfile:  web browser
                                name:  NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Keyword Page
                                description:  This page describes the NASA GCMD Keywords, how to reference those keywords and provides download instructions.
                                function:  (CI_OnLineFunctionCode) download
                            contactInstructions: http://gcmd.nasa.gov/MailComments/MailComments.jsf?rcpt=gcmduso
                        role:  (CI_RoleCode) custodian
                code:  SHIPS > SHIPS
            description:  Various ships
            instrument: