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Grain Size Data from the Brine Disposal Program, Gulf of Mexico

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These data are part of the Brine Disposal Program funded by NOAA in the US Gulf of Mexico, compiled by NOAA/CEAS and partially conducted by R. W. Hann of Texas A and M University. Grain size analyses conducted on 230 grabs by Texas A and M University were added to the historic NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database from multiple cruises of the Lady Gloria conducted during October of 1982. 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. Additional data submitted for the Brine Disposal Program by Science Applications, Inc. (SAI) and collected during multiple cruises of the Texas Star in September of 1977, the Dixie Isle in March of 198, and the Gus III from October 1978-May of 1979 were not added to the database due to errors.
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Online Access
Distribution Formats
  • ASCII (Version: UTF-8)
    • File Specification: American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text format.
  • tar.gz (Version: unknown)
    • File Specification: compressed tape archive (tar) file
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Point of Contact Marine Geology Data Manager
Marine Geology Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4603
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • publication: 1983-12-31
  • revision: 1983-12-31
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:
Only data from MGG23085001 are in the NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database. Data sets MGG03115001, MGG03495001, MGG03505001, and MGG03515001 contained extensive errors and were not added to the database.
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.
  • R. W. Hann
    Texas A and M University (TAMU)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time Period: 1982-10-02 to 1982-10-16
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 30.58
S: 29.66
E: -93.311
W: -93.509
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • 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 > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Geotechnical Properties
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > Marine Sediments > Sedimentation
Data Center keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Instrument keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS
Place keywords
Project keywords
  • Unknown
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
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
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement These data were contributed by the originator to NOAA's former National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) and are part of a larger compilation archived as oceanographic data by NCEI. The following brine disposal data sets with grain size information compiled by SAIC were submitted to NGDC in December of 1979: MGG03495001 (Gus III 10/3/78-11/10/78, Brine 1/SEDDY2; 1/23/79-1/28/79, Brine 2/SEDDY3; 4/25/79-5/2/79, Brine 3/SEDDY4); MGG03505001 (Texas Star 9/17/77, Brine 5); MGG03515001 (Dixie Isle 3/31/78, Brine 6); Brine 4 (returned for error correction/never resubmitted). Due to extensive errors in weight percentage totals, none of the preceding data files were added to the NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size database, but copies of these data, with the exception of Brine 4, are in the archive. In June of 1981 data set MGG03115001 was received from SAI Oakridge through Francis Mitchel of NODC (42 files from 9/20/1977-10/19/1978 cruises of SW Researcher) but returned to NODC for NOAA/CEAS correction in May 1982 - the data were never resubmitted. In December of 1983, a final Brine Disposal data set MGG23085001 (13 cruises of the Lady Gloria) was received from Texas A and M which had no significant errors and was added to the digital grain size database.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Acquisition Information (collection)
  • various
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
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Last Modified: 2015-12-31
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