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File Identifier: gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.geology:G02889
Metadata Date Stamp: 2015-12-31
Identification Information
Title: Marine Ecosystems Analysis (MESA) Program, New York Bight Surficial Sediment Analyses
Dataset Publication Date: 1980-02-28
Abstract: The Marine Ecosystems Analysis (MESA) Program, New York Bight Study was funded by NOAA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Atlas was a historical compilation of surficial sediment grain size analyses in the NY Bight from 1957-1979. 5,928 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 Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database. In addition to grain size data included in the atlas, this data set also contains related sediment geochemistry in the MESA 001 format, and some originator's grain size data in the MESA 003 format which were returned to the originator for error correction and may not be represented in the 073 format data.
Credit NOAA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Marine Ecosystems Analysis (MESA) Program
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.
Data Type: Vector
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Browse Graphic Caption: sample locations in study area
Browse Graphic Type: GIF
Data Theme
Theme Topics: Geological and Geophysical, Oceans and Estuaries
Spatial Domain
West Bounding Longitude: -75.3103
South Bounding Latitude: 37.0102
East Bounding Longitude: -70.0216
North Bounding Latitude: 40.9783
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Beginning Date: 1957-01-01
Ending Date: 1979-12-31
Data Quality Information
Scope (quality information applies to): Dataset
Data History: 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. Related grain size data in the MESA 003 format (MGG03995004-5) and geochemical data in the MESA 001 format (MGG03995006) are included in this data set (see lineage description field for complete information).
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Format Version: UTF-8
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