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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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Distribution Formats
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6339
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General Documentation
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Originator
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)
Originator
  • Norman Bailey
    U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher
  • National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA
Date(s)
  • 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: 22,566 records from 5,961 samples added to the NGDC 073 master grainsize database after extensive revisions - data are still not good. Artifical 073 File IDs were created using 1st 6 digits of cruise/project. 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. NGDC archives a microfiche copy of the atlas, but it is interpretive only and not in the inventory. The BLM01B to BLM08B data were formerly on a VIMS (MGG 5701.., 5702.., 5703.., 5705..) tape that was returned for errors, plus an old USGS set (MGG 06995003) from Norman (Red) Bailey.
Purpose: environmental research
Use Limitations
  • Please cite the originator of the data set, the date downloaded, and the National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, as the source of the data.
  • Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. 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:
Themes
  • 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/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platforms
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > CORING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > DREDGING DEVICES
Places
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > North Atlantic Ocean
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Projects
  • OCS > Outer Continental Shelf Program
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.
Fees
  • free online download
Source Datasets
Lineage Statement Lineage prior to transfer to NGDC is unknown
Processing Environment Native Dataset Environment: ASCII text

Metadata Last Modified: 2014-05-05

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