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Marine Ecosystems Analysis (MESA) New York Bight Atlas Grain Size Analyses

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The MESA/New York Bight Study was funded by NOAA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a historical compilation of grain size analyses in the NY Bight from 1957-1979. 5,961 cores, grabs, and dredges are included from multiple cruises: (BCTS, BLM01B-BLM08B, FIM01-FIM14, HSV, LEI-A - LEI-M, OCSS, Quart1 - Quart5, RBCI02 - RBCI04, RBCII1 - RBCII4, and RECON. Data are in the historic 073 format. 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. These data are part of the larger NGDC digital grain size database.

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  • Data files and documentation (download)
    Original data and documentation for the historical compilation of MESA NY Bight grainsize data (MGG03995007) in the fixed-field 073 format.
  • Database extract MGG03995007 (download)
    Download grain size data for MGG03995007 in delimited form from the NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database.
Distribution Formats
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6339
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • National Geophysical Data Center (1976): The NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5G44N6W
  • Radosh
    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Sandy Hook Lab
  • J. Kraeuter
    Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)
  • Keith Serafy
    Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)
  • David Hartzband
    Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)
  • D.M. Goodrich
    Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • David Dean
    Rutgers University
  • Norman Bailey
    Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
  • Norman Bailey
    U.S. Geological Survey
  • National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA
  • publication: 1980-02-28
  • revision: 1980-02-28
Edition: First
Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: Not planned  -  Completed data set, no additions planned.
Supplemental Information: This is a historic compilation of all data available for the MESA/NY Bight area at the time. All data are in the published atlas. NCEI archives a microfiche copy of the atlas, but it is interpretive only and not in the inventory. Cruises include BCTS, BLM01B through BLM08B, FIM01 through FIM14, HSV, LEI-A through LEI-M, OCSS, QUART1 through QUART5, RBCI02 through RBCI04, RBCII1 through RBCII4, and RECON. Many cruises are replacements for data previously returned for correction, see lineage/processing notes.
Purpose: environmental research
Use Limitations
  • Please cite the originator of the data set, the date downloaded, and the National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA, as the source of the data.
  • Produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Time Period: 1957-01-01  to  1979-12-31
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 40.9783
S: 37.0102
E: -70.0216
W: -75.3103
Spatial Coverage Map:
  • Scientific archives
  • Electronic records
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean bottom
  • Geology
  • Submarine geology
  • Marine sediments
  • Marine geology
  • Sea-floor characteristics
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Solid Earth > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Environment Monitoring
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sedimentary Textures
Data Centers
  • WDC/GEOPHYSICS, BOULDER > World Data Center for Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > CORING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > DREDGING DEVICES
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > North Atlantic Ocean
  • OCS > Outer Continental Shelf Program
  • Marine EcoSystems Analysis Project - NEW YORK BIGHT (MESA - NYB)
Use Constraints
  • 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.
Access Constraints
  • Access to this dataset is unrestricted.
  • free online download
Source Datasets
Lineage Statement Final resubmission of originator's data as a single historic compilation were received through the former National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) in February of 1980. Data were received on nine track magnetic tape in EBCDIC form as 80 character records blocked to 4000 characters per block. 22,566 records total for 5,961 samples were processed into the NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database after extensive revision and the data are still not of high quality. Artifical 073 File IDs were created using the first six digits of the cruise/project to replace null fields. Data included BLM01B through BLM08B formerly on a VIMS submission, and also USGS (Red Bailey) 073 data from MGG06995003. Data contributed by the originator to NOAA's former NODC may be part of a larger compilation archived as oceanographic data.
Processing Environment Native Dataset Environment: ASCII text

Metadata Last Modified: 2015-06-30

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