Acknowledgment of the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, as a data source would be appreciated in products developed from these data, and such acknowledgment as is standard for citation and legal practices for data source is expected. Sharing of new data layers developed directly from these data would also be appreciated by the U.S. Geological Survey staff. Users should be aware that comparisons with other datasets for the same area from other periods may be inaccurate because of inconsistencies resulting from changes in photointerpretation, mapping conventions, and digital processes over time. These data are not legal documents and are not to be used as such.
Sediment data were collected to support the Reefscape Characterization task of the USGS Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies project (http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/crest/), which is focused on geochemical, geologic, and metabolic processes that affect carbonate precipitation and dissolution of coral reefs. Benthic composition, topographic relief, areal extent, and temporal stability are critical factors that contribute to the value of a given marine habitat. To provide context for the data collected in the other tasks, the focus of this task is to characterize physical aspects of the project study sites. Characterizations of the Crocker Reef study area include a habitat classification map, sediment distribution, and vertical temperature profiles. Sediment samples were acquired during USGS field activity number 13CRE02 in 2013 and 2014-315-FA in 2014.
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