Name, location, and length of sediment cores collected in 2009 offshore from Palos Verdes, California

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Title:
Name, location, and length of sediment cores collected in 2009 offshore from Palos Verdes, California
Abstract:
This part of the data release is a spreadsheet including the name, location, and length of sediment cores collected in 2009 offshore from Palos Verdes, California. It is one of seven files included in this U.S. Geological Survey data release that include data from a set of sediment cores acquired from the continental slope, offshore Los Angeles and the Palos Verdes Peninsula, adjacent to the Palos Verdes Fault. Gravity cores were collected by the USGS in 2009 (cruise ID S-I2-09-SC; http://cmgds.marine.usgs.gov/fan_info.php?fan=SI209SC), and vibracores were collected with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts in 2010 (cruise ID W-1-10-SC; http://cmgds.marine.usgs.gov/fan_info.php?fan=W110SC). One spreadsheet (PalosVerdesCores_Info.xlsx) contains core name, location, and length. One spreadsheet (PalosVerdesCores_MSCLdata.xlsx) contains Multi-Sensor Core Logger P-wave velocity, gamma-ray density, and magnetic susceptibility whole-core logs. One zipped folder of .bmp files (PalosVerdesCores_Photos.zip) contains continuous core photographs of the archive half of each core. One spreadsheet (PalosVerdesCores_GrainSize.xlsx) contains laser particle grain size sample information and analytical results. One spreadsheet (PalosVerdesCores_Radiocarbon.xlsx) contains radiocarbon sample information, results, and calibrated ages. One zipped folder of DICOM files (PalosVerdesCores_CT.zip) contains raw computed tomography (CT) image files. One .pdf file (PalosVerdesCores_Figures.pdf) contains combined displays of data for each core, including graphic diagram descriptive logs. This particular metadata file describes the information contained in the file PalosVerdesCores_Info.xlsx. All cores are archived by the U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center.
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Maier, Katherine L., Paull, Charles K., McGann, Mary, and Conrad, James E., 2016, Name, location, and length of sediment cores collected in 2009 offshore from Palos Verdes, California: data release DOI:10.5066/F7G44NB6, U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California.

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    This is part of the following larger work.

    Maier, Katherine L., Paull, Charles K., McGann, Mary, and Conrad, James E., 2016, Sediment core data from offshore Palos Verdes, California: data release DOI:10.5066/F7G44NB6, U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -118.15795898325
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -117.99316406138
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 33.593666691854
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 33.355402040003
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Beginning_Date: 2009
    Ending_Date: 2010
    Currentness_Reference:
    ground condition at the time the cores were collected
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: spreadsheet (.xlsx file)
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      Indirect_Spatial_Reference: none
      This is a Point data set.
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees. The horizontal datum used is WGS 84.
      The ellipsoid used is WGS 84.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.0.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257223563.
      Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
      Depth_System_Definition:
      Depth_Datum_Name: water depth (depth below sea level)
      Depth_Resolution: 0.1
      Depth_Distance_Units: meters below sea level
      Depth_Encoding_Method: Explicit depth coordinate included with horizontal coordinates
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    Sediment core data from offshore Palos Verdes, California
    Table containing sediment-core identification, location, and length (recovery) information (Source: producer defined)
    Core ID
    Name of sediment core sample (Source: producer defined)
    ValueDefinition
    DR125 VC-85ID for vibracore #85 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #125
    DR125 VC-86ID for vibracore #86 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #125
    DR125 VC-87ID for vibracore #87 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #125
    DR125 VC-88ID for vibracore #88 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #125
    DR125 VC-89ID for vibracore #89 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #125
    DR125 VC-90ID for vibracore #90 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #125
    DR126 VC-91ID for vibracore #91 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #126
    DR126 VC-92ID for vibracore #92 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #126
    DR126 VC-93ID for vibracore #93 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #126
    DR135 VC-126ID for vibracore #126 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #135
    DR135 VC-127ID for vibracore #127 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #135
    DR135 VC-128ID for vibracore #128 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #135
    DR135 VC-129ID for vibracore #129 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #135
    DR135 VC-130ID for vibracore #130 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #135
    DR135 VC-131ID for vibracore #131 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #135
    DR136 VC-132ID for vibracore #132 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #136
    DR136 VC-133ID for vibracore #133 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #136
    DR136 VC-134ID for vibracore #134 from ROV Doc Ricketts dive #136
    PV2-G1ID of gravity core from Palos Verdes site #2, gravity core section 1
    PV4-G1ID of gravity core from Palos Verdes site #4, gravity core section 1
    PV5-G1ID of gravity core from Palos Verdes site #5, gravity core section 1
    PV6-G1ID of gravity core from Palos Verdes site #6, gravity core section 1
    PV8-G1ID of gravity core from Palos Verdes site #8, gravity core section 1
    PV9-G1ID of gravity core from Palos Verdes site #9, gravity core section 1
    Type of core
    type of sediment core sample (Source: producer defined)
    ValueDefinition
    vibracorevibracore collected with ROV Doc Ricketts
    gravity coregravity core collected by the U.S. Geological Survey
    Longitude
    y coordinate sample location (Source: producer defined)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-118.071
    Maximum:-118.112
    Units:decimal degrees
    Latitude
    x coordinate sample location (Source: producer defined)
    Range of values
    Minimum:33.469
    Maximum:33.531
    Units:decimal degrees
    Water Depth
    z coordinate sample location below sea level (Source: producer defined)
    Range of values
    Minimum:331.0
    Maximum:525.0
    Units:meters (m) below sea level
    Length
    total core recovery measured from top of core liner (Source: producer defined)
    Range of values
    Minimum:28
    Maximum:174
    Units:centimeters (cm)
    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    Twenty-four sediment cores are identified by Core ID and Type of Core. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) vibracores are identified by dive number of the ROV Doc Ricketts (DR###) and vibracore number (VC-###). U.S. Geological Survey gravity cores are identified by the sample site (PV: Palos Verdes), site number, type of core (G: gravity) and section. Latitude and Longitude are given in decimal degrees to 0.001 degree. Water depth is listed in meters below sea level. Recovery (length of the core liner tube) is given in centimeters.
    Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
    Sediment-core information (identifiers, location, and recovery) is available in the file PalosVerdesCores_Info.xlsx at:http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7G44NB6

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Katherine L. Maier
    • Charles K. Paull
    • Mary McGann
    • James E. Conrad
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
    U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    Katherine L. Maier
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
    2885 Mission Street
    Santa Cruz, CA
    USA

    831-460-7461 (voice)
    kcoble@usgs.gov

Why was the data set created?

The sediment cores and subsequent core data were collected to investigate the Palos Verdes Fault and continental slope sedimentation.

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    Date: 2009 (process 1 of 2)
    The USGS recovered gravity cores with the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul in 2009 from six sites flanking the Palos Verdes Fault on the continental slope northwest of San Gabriel Canyon. See cruise ID S-I2-09-SC (http://cmgds.marine.usgs.gov/fan_info.php?fan=SI209SC) for additional information.
    Date: 2010 (process 2 of 2)
    In 2010, the MBARI remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts aboard the R/V Western Flyer collected vibracores along transects across the Palos Verdes Fault on the continental slope northwest of San Gabriel Canyon. See cruise ID W-1-10-SC (http://cmgds.marine.usgs.gov/fan_info.php?fan=W110SC) for additional information.
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?
    Brothers, D.S., Conrad, J.E., Maier, K.L., Paull, C.K., McGann, M., and Caress, D.W., 2015, The Palos Verdes Fault offshore southern California: Late Pleistocene to Present tectonic geomorphology, seascape evolution and slip-rate estimate based on AUV and ROV surveys.

    Online Links:

    Maier, K.L., Brothers, D.S., Paull, C.K., McGann, M., Caress, D.W., and Conrad, J.E., 2016, Records of continental slope sediment flow morphodynamic responses to gradient and active faulting from integrated AUV and ROV data, offshore Palos Verdes, southern California Borderland.

    Online Links:


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
    No formal attribute accuracy tests were conducted
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
    No formal positional accuracy tests were conducted
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
    No formal positional accuracy tests were conducted
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    Data set is considered complete for the information presented, as described in the abstract. Users are advised to read the rest of the metadata record carefully for additional details.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    No formal logical accuracy tests were conducted

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints:
USGS-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain from the U.S. Government and are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize and acknowledge the U.S. Geological Survey and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as the originator(s) of the dataset and in products derived from these data.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
    Denver Federal Center, Building 810, Mail Stop 302
    Denver, CO
    USA

    1-888-275-8747 (voice)
    sciencebase@usgs.gov
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.
  4. How can I download or order the data?

Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 07-Mar-2017
Metadata author:
Katherine L. Maier
U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Research Geologist
2885 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
USA

831-460-7461 (voice)
kcoble@usgs.gov
Metadata standard:
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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