Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center > U.S. Geological Survey East-Coast Sediment Texture Database
The U.S. Geological Survey East-Coast Sediment Texture Database contains information on the collection, location, description, and texture of samples taken by marine sampling programs at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Most of the samples are from the Atlantic Continental Margin of the United States, a small number of samples have been collected from a variety of other locations such as Lake Baikal, Russia, the Hawaiian Islands region, Puerto Rico, and Lake Michigan.
Sediment data, an overview of the sediment distribution off the US east coast, and basemaps are provided with geographic coordinates to allow the data to be integrated into a Geographic Information System (GIS).
Overview maps of the sediment classes for samples in the U.S. Geological Survey East-Coast Sediment Texture Database are available for several selected U.S. Atlantic East Coast regions. Maps are provided in both JPEG image and Adobe PDF formats.
Field methods and laboratory procedures used in the sedimentation laboratory at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (Poppe and others, 2014) are described in this overview.
Software used in the sedimentation laboratory at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center is available as downloadable zipped files. These compressed files contain compiled and uncompiled versions of the software, helpful readme files, test input files, and detailed documentation.
Surficial Sediment Data from the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and Vicinity (Poppe and others, 2003)
usSEABED: Atlantic Coast Offshore Surficial Sediment Data Release (Reid and others, 2005)
usSEABED: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) Offshore Surficial Sediment Data Release (Buczkowski and others, 2006)Citation
Please cite the following database documentation and URL when information in this database is published:
McMullen, K.Y., Paskevich, V.F., and Poppe, L.J., 2014, GIS data catalog (ver. 3.0, November 2014), in Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Williams, S.J., and Paskevich, V.F., eds., USGS east-coast sediment analysis: Procedures, database, and GIS data, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1001, available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1001/.
U.S. Geological Survey East-Coast Sediment Texture Database, online at URL: