Cat Island Terrestrial Core Locations from field activity 10BIM03

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Cat Island Terrestrial Core Locations from field activity 10BIM03
Abstract:
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC), in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), conducted geophysical and sedimentological surveys around Cat Island, the westernmost island in the Mississippi-Alabama barrier island chain. The objectives of the study were to understand the geologic evolution of Cat Island relative to other barrier islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico and to identify relationships between the geologic history, present day morphology, and sediment distribution. This report serves as an archive of terrestrial and marine sediment vibracores collected August 4-6 and October 20-22, 2010. Geographic Information System (GIS) data products include marine and terrestrial core locations and 2007 shoreline. Additional files included: marine and terrestrial core description logs, core photos, grain-size analysis, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating and Carbon-14 dating locations and results, Field Activity Collection System (FACS) logs, and formal Federal Geographic Data Committee (FDGC) metadata (data products and downloads).
Supplemental_Information: None
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Buster, Noreen A., and U.S. Geological Survey - St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, 20140325, Cat Island Terrestrial Core Locations from field activity 10BIM03: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 834.

    Online Links:

    This is part of the following larger work.

    Buster, Noreen A., Kelso, Kyle W., Miselis, Jennifer L., and Kindinger, Jack L., 20140325, Sediment Data Collected in 2010 from Cat Island, Mississippi: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 834, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, Florida.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -89.197071
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -89.053196
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 30.258884
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 30.177428
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Beginning_Date: 04-Aug-2010
    Ending_Date: 06-Aug-2010
    Currentness_Reference:
    ground condition
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: tabular digital data
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      The map projection used is WGS 1984 UTM Zone 16N.
      Projection parameters:
      Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.9996
      Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -87.0
      Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.0
      False_Easting: 500000.0
      False_Northing: 0.0
      Planar coordinates are encoded using coordinate pair
      Abscissae (x-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.000000002220024164500956
      Ordinates (y-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.000000002220024164500956
      Planar coordinates are specified in Meter
      The horizontal datum used is D WGS 1984.
      The ellipsoid used is WGS 1984.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.0.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257223563.
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    10BIM06_Cat_Island_Terrestrial_core_locations
    Location of terrestrial vibracores collected on Cat Island, Mississippi (Source: USGS)
    Core ID
    Marine vibracore sample number (Source: USGS) Core identification number assigned by USGS scientist
    LAT
    latitude (Source: USGS)
    Range of values
    Minimum:30.21421
    Maximum:30.23122
    LONG
    Longitude (Source: USGS)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-89.09992
    Maximum:-89.13058
    Easting
    Easting (Source: USGS)
    Range of values
    Minimum:297880.97
    Maximum:294964.57
    Northing
    Northing (Source: USGS)
    Range of values
    Minimum:3344387.00
    Maximum:3346327.43
    Length
    Core length in meters (Source: USGS)
    Range of values
    Minimum:1.75
    Maximum:5.7
    Elevation
    Elevation in meters (NAVD88). (Source: USGS)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-0.35
    Maximum:0.76

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Noreen A. Buster
    • U.S. Geological Survey - St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
    U.S. Geological Survey and the Army Corps of Engineers (outside funding source)
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    U.S. Geological Survey - St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
    Attn: Noreen A. Buster
    Geologist
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL
    US

    (727) 502-8000 (voice)
    nbuster@usgs.gov

Why was the data set created?

The Terrestrial_Vibracore_Table.xlsx file includes all terrestrial core locations of cores collected around Cat Island, Mississippi in August 2010 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. Multiple data types were collected throughout the duration of this project; however, only the results of the sediment component are presented in this archive data series.

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
    2010 Cat Island bathy (source 1 of 2)
    U.S. Geological Survey, 2012, Bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data collected in 2010 from Cat Island, Mississippi.

    Online Links:

    Type_of_Source_Media: Online digital data
    Source_Contribution:
    Data provides bathymetric data for obtaining core site elevations
    2007 EAARL lidar (source 2 of 2)
    U.S. Geological Survey, 2012, Bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data collected in 2010 from Cat Island, Mississippi.

    Online Links:

    Type_of_Source_Media: Online digital data
    Source_Contribution:
    Data provides topographic data for obtaining core site elevations
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    Date: 2010 (process 1 of 3)
    GPS locations of the cores were taken using a hand held Garmin GPSMAP76CS unit. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
    Attn: Noreen A. Buster
    Geologist
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL
    U.S.

    (727) 502-8000 (voice)
    nbuster@usgs.gov
    Date: 2011 (process 2 of 3)
    Core identification, GPS locations, length, and elevations for cores were entered into Excel file. Elevations of cores were extracted using the extract values to points tool in ESRI ArgGIS Version 10.0.2.3200 from bathymetric grid (same USGS project)(Buster, N.A., Pfeiffer, W.R, Miselis, J.L, Kindinger, J.L., Wiese, D.S., and Reynolds, B.J., 2012, Bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data collected in 2010 from Cat Island, Mississippi: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 739, available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/739/ and Smith, K.E.L., Nayegandhi, Amar, Wright, C.W., Bonisteel, J.M., and Brock, J.C., 2009, EAARL coastal topography – Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2007: Bare Earth: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 400, available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/400/.) Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
    Attn: Noreen A. Buster
    Geologist
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL
    U.S.

    (727) 502-8000 (voice)
    nbuster@usgs.gov
    Date: 26-Mar-2018 (process 3 of 3)
    Keywords section of metadata optimized by adding theme keyword thesauri and associated keywords. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: Arnell S. Forde
    Geologist
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL

    727-502-8000 (voice)
    aforde@usgs.gov
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

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

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
    The positional accuracy of the vibracores is determined by the navigational data for the survey. These vibracore data have not been independently verified for accuracy.
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
    GPS locations of the cores were taken using a hand held Garmin GPSMAP76CS unit.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    This is a complete processed terrestrial vibracore location file for the field site.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    These vibracore locations represent the location where terrestrial cores were collected in the field. They represent terrestrial vibracore data coverage for the 2010 Cat Island survey.

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:
The U.S. Geological Survey requests that it be referenced as the originator of this dataset in any future products or research derived from these data.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
    Attn: Noreen A. Buster
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL
    U.S.

    (727) 502-8000 (voice)
    nbuster@usgs.gov
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set? Terrestrial_Vibracore_Table.xlsx
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    This publication was prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution imply any such warranty. The U.S. Geological Survey shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and (or) contained herein. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof.
  4. How can I download or order the data?
  5. Is there some other way to get the data?
    none
  6. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?
    This spreadsheet was created for use with Microsoft Excel 2010. It may also be viewed with the Microsoft Excel viewer or by downloading a Microsoft Compatibility Pack to view with older versions of Microsoft Excel.

Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 26-Mar-2018
Metadata author:
U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Attn: Noreen A. Buster
Geologist
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
U.S.

(727) 502-8000 (voice)
nbuster@usgs.gov
Metadata standard:
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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