Collections inventory for the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository

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Collections inventory for the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository
Abstract:
Since 2002, the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s Samples Repository supports research by providing secure storage for geological, biological, and geochemical samples; maintaining organization and an active inventory of these sample collections; and providing access to these collections for study and reuse.
This collections inventory has been compiled, organized, and released as a searchable database to provide researchers and the general public with means to discover and request scientific sample material preserved and maintained by the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository. Updates are made to the inventory as the collections grow, and version history information is available online to document additions and changes to the database.
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Buczkowski, Brian J., Cross, VeeAnn A., and Schweitzer, Peter N., 2018, Collections inventory for the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository: data release DOI:10.5066/F7319TT0, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.

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    Suggested citation: Buczkowski, B.J., Cross, V.A., and Schweitzer, P.N., 2018, Collections inventory for the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7319TT0.
  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -76.486500
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -63.874700
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.775608
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: -41.973342
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  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Calendar_Date: 2018
    Currentness_Reference:
    Publication date.
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      This is a Point data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • point (8229)
    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 0.000001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees. The horizontal datum used is D_WGS_1984.
      The ellipsoid used is WGS_1984.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257224.
      Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
      Depth_System_Definition:
      Depth_Datum_Name: Local surface
      Depth_Resolution: 9999
      Depth_Distance_Units: meters
      Depth_Encoding_Method: Explicit depth coordinate included with horizontal coordinates
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    cores
    Cylindrical samples of unconsolidated sediment or rock, collected vertically through the surface of the sea floor or lake floor and into the substrate beneath. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    record_id
    Unique identifier of the sample assigned by the collections inventory curator. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    sample_id
    The identification value assigned to the sample at the time of collection. This varies from field activity to field activity and the ID can contain any combination of letters and numbers. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    section_no
    This field indicates the section number from a subdivided core, as well as the total number of sections of the core. For example, "2 of 6". Section numbers are sequential. A "?" for the total number of sections indicates that the total number of sections that comprise the entire core is not known. For example, "2 of ?". A blank indicates the core has not been sectioned. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    serial_no
    The serial number assigned to the dataset field activity from which the sample belongs. This value is in the format YYYY-XXX-FA where YYYY is the year, XXX is the number assigned to the activity within the year, and FA indicates Field Activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    dev_code
    Abbreviated code for the collection device of the sample. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    ALPAlpine piston core
    APCAlvin push core
    BCBox core.
    DOPDiver-operated push core
    EPCEwing piston core
    FFCFree-fall core
    GCGravity core
    GHFGravity heat flow core
    GPCGiant piston core
    HDCHydraulically-damped slow core
    HPCHydroplastic core
    HSCHydrostatic core
    PHCPush core
    PCPiston core
    SHCSlide hammer core
    TCTrigger-weight core
    VBCVegimatic box core
    VCVibracore
    RDRotary drill
    top_interv
    Top of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the top_interv is either not applicable or unknown. A value of -8888 indicates the sample came from a core catcher. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:1950
    Units:centimeters
    bot_interv
    Bottom of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the bottom interval is either not applicable or unknown. A value of -8888 indicates the sample came from a core catcher. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:2070
    Units:centimeters
    lat_dd
    Latitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with latitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the latitude of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:18.161597
    Maximum:42.7756083
    Units:decimal degrees
    lon_dd
    Longitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with longitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the longitude is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-76.4865
    Maximum:-63.8747
    Units:decimal degrees
    loc_source
    The source of the sample's latitude and longitude values. A blank value indicates either the source is unknown, or the location of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    Ship's DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Loran CHyperbolic radio navigation system which determines position by listening to low frequency radio signals transmitted by fixed land-based radio beacons.
    Handheld GPSGlobal Positioning System which is received by a handheld GPS.
    TrackmapAnalog trackchart documenting the positions of the samples when they were collected which has been digitized, georeferenced and the location coordinates have been extracted.
    Published dataInformation obtained from a published source without any further reference to the source of data from which the location coordinates were derived.
    Ship's GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Place nameGeographic place names and locales. The coordinates derived from these place names are considered a best guess.
    Target coordinatesInformation derived from notes and planning documents developed before the Field Activity has taken place.
    INSInternal Navigation System aid that uses a computer, motion sensors and rotation sensors to continuously calculate via dead reckoning the position, orientation, and velocity of a moving object without the need for external references.
    date_col
    A number indicating the date the sample was collected in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. If the collection date is unknown, the attribute will have a blank value. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_col
    The time the sample was collected in the format HH:MM:SS where HH is hour on a 24-hour clock, MM is minutes, and SS is seconds. A blank value indicates the time of the sample collection was unavailable. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_zone
    The time zone in which the collection time is recorded, expressed in the standard three letter abbreviation (e.g., EDT=eastern daylight time, HST=Hawaii standard time, UTC=coordinated universal time, etc.). If the time zone is unknown, the value in the field will be "unknown". (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    cor_length
    The length of the core, measured in centimeters. A value of -9999 indicates the length is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:2070
    Units:centimeters
    cor_diam
    The diameter of the cylindrical core sample, expressed in centimeters. A value of -9999 indicates the diameter is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:6.2
    Maximum:10.16
    Units:centimeters
    watr_d
    The water depth at the location of the sample acquisition, measured in meters. A value of -9999 indicates the water depth is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:10
    Maximum:4150
    Units:meters
    split
    This value indicates whether or not the core has been split. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    yesThe core has been split.
    noThe core has not been split.
    half
    This indicates which split half is the core section - either archive or working. A value of whole round is assigned if the core is not split. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    archiveThis half of the split core is for preservation purposes.
    workingThis half of the split core is for additional work, such as subsampling.
    whole roundThe cores is not split.
    samp_dsc
    Brief description of the sample entered by the curator; may contain information pertaining to data that are available from the sample or what types of analyses were performed on the sample. A blank indicates no additional descriptive information has been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    notes
    Additional information about the sample as entered by the curator. A blank indicates no additional notes have been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    start_date
    A number indicating the start date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    end_date
    A number indicating the end date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    scientist
    The chief scientist or scientists associated with the field activity. If available, the value is the full name of the scientist (or scientists separated by a semi-colon if there is more than one). Where a full name is not available, the last name of the scientist or scientists is used. A blank indicates no chief scientist was identified for the field activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    platform
    The name of the platform of the field activity. This is typically a ship name. In the case where more than one platform was used on the field activity, the platforms used are separated by a semi-colon. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    dredges
    Rock samples plucked from the sea or lake bed by devices that act as scoops (dredges) towed behind research vessels. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    record_id
    Unique identifier of the sample assigned by the collections inventory curator. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    sample_id
    The identification value assigned to the sample at the time of collection. This varies from field activity to field activity and the ID can contain any combination of letters and numbers. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    serial_no
    The serial number assigned to the dataset field activity from which the sample belongs. This value is in the format YYYY-XXX-FA where YYYY is the year, XXX is the number assigned to the activity within the year, and FA indicates Field Activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    dev_code
    Abbreviated code for the collection device of the sample. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    DDDigby dredge
    PDPipe dredge
    RCDRockingchair dredge
    RCKRock dredge
    beg_lat_dd
    Latitude decimal degrees of the beginning location of the trawl. The horizontal datum associated with latitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the beginning latitude of the trawl is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:30.714833
    Maximum:81.40006
    Units:decimal degrees
    beg_lon_dd
    Longitude decimal degrees of the beginning location of the trawl. The horizontal datum associated with longitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the beginning longitude of the trawl is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-161.3465
    Maximum:-77.425
    Units:decimal degrees
    end_lat_dd
    Latitude decimal degrees of the end location of the trawl. The horizontal datum associated with latitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the end latitude of the trawl is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:76.265667
    Maximum:81.40978
    Units:decimal degrees
    end_lon_dd
    Longitude decimal degrees of the end location of the trawl. The horizontal datum associated with longitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the end longitude of the trawl is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-160.076
    Maximum:-151.99023
    Units:decimal degrees
    loc_source
    The source of the sample's latitude and longitude values. A blank value indicates either the source is unknown, or the location of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    Ship's DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Loran CHyperbolic radio navigation system which determines position by listening to low frequency radio signals transmitted by fixed land-based radio beacons.
    Handheld GPSGlobal Positioning System which is received by a handheld GPS.
    TrackmapAnalog trackchart documenting the positions of the samples when they were collected which has been digitized, georeferenced and the location coordinates have been extracted.
    Published dataInformation obtained from a published source without any further reference to the source of data from which the location coordinates were derived.
    Ship's GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Place nameGeographic place names and locales. The coordinates derived from these place names are considered a best guess.
    Target coordinatesInformation derived from notes and planning documents developed before the Field Activity has taken place.
    INSInternal Navigation System aid that uses a computer, motion sensors and rotation sensors to continuously calculate via dead reckoning the position, orientation, and velocity of a moving object without the need for external references.
    date_col
    A number indicating the date the sample was collected in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. A blank value indicates the collection date is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_over
    The time the dredge went over the side of the ship in the format HH:MM:SSwhere HH is hour on a 24-hour clock, MM is minutes, and SS is seconds. A blank value indicates the time the dredge went over was unavailable. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_on
    The time the dredge was retrieved and on the deck of the ship in the format HH:MM:SSwhere HH is hour on a 24-hour clock, MM is minutes, and SS is seconds. A blank value indicates the time the dredge was retrieved was unavailable. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_zone
    The time zone in which the collection time is recorded, expressed in the standard three letter abbreviation (e.g., EDT=eastern daylight time, HST=Hawaii standard time, UTC=coordinated universal time, etc.). If the time zone is unknown, the value in the field will be "unknown". (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    beg_watr_d
    The water depth at the beginning location of the sample acquisition, measured in meters. A value of -9999 indicates the water depth is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:550
    Maximum:3826.1
    Units:meters
    end_watr_d
    The water depth at the end location of the sample acquisition, measured in meters. A value of -9999 indicates the water depth is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:600
    Maximum:3444.3
    Units:meters
    tens_data
    Indicates whether tension data collected during dredging activities have been published. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    yesTension data have been published.
    noTension data have not been published.
    samp_dsc
    Brief description of the sample entered by the curator; may contain information pertaining to data that are available from the sample or what types of analyses were performed on the sample. A blank indicates no additional descriptive information has been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    notes
    Additional information about the sample as entered by the curator. A blank indicates no additional notes have been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    start_date
    A number indicating the start date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    end_date
    A number indicating the end date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    scientist
    The chief scientist or scientists associated with the field activity. If available, the value is the full name of the scientist (or scientists separated by a semi-colon if there is more than one). Where a full name is not available, the last name of the scientist or scientists is used. A blank indicates no chief scientist was identified for the field activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    platform
    The name of the platform of the field activity. This is typically a ship name. In the case where more than one platform was used on the field activity, the platforms used are separated by a semi-colon. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    grabs
    Samples consisting of the unconsolidated substrate found on the surface of the sea or lake bed. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    record_id
    Unique identifier of the sample assigned by the collections inventory curator. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    sample_id
    The identification value assigned to the sample at the time of collection. This varies from field activity to field activity and the ID can contain any combination of letters and numbers. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    serial_no
    The serial number assigned to the dataset field activity from which the sample belongs. This value is in the format YYYY-XXX-FA where YYYY is the year, XXX is the number assigned to the activity within the year, and FA indicates Field Activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    dev_code
    Abbreviated code for the collection device of the sample. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    IKULarge volume grab sampler developed by Institutt for Kontinentalsokkelundersokelse (IKU) - Norway
    PTGPonar-type grab
    SBSeaBOSS grab
    SMGSmith-Macintyre grab
    SPGShipek grab
    VVVanVeen grab
    AGAlvin grab
    top_interv
    Top of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the top_interv is either not applicable or unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:4
    Units:centimeters
    bot_interv
    Bottom of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the bottom interval is either not applicable or unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:2
    Maximum:10
    Units:centimeters
    lat_dd
    Latitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with latitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the latitude of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:18.093148
    Maximum:44.88566
    Units:decimal degrees
    lon_dd
    Longitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with longitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the longitude is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-87.45
    Maximum:-63.722157
    Units:decimal degrees
    loc_source
    The source of the sample's latitude and longitude values. A blank value indicates either the source is unknown, or the location of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    Ship's DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Loran CHyperbolic radio navigation system which determines position by listening to low frequency radio signals transmitted by fixed land-based radio beacons.
    Handheld GPSGlobal Positioning System which is received by a handheld GPS.
    TrackmapAnalog trackchart documenting the positions of the samples when they were collected which has been digitized, georeferenced and the location coordinates have been extracted.
    Published dataInformation obtained from a published source without any further reference to the source of data from which the location coordinates were derived.
    Ship's GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Place nameGeographic place names and locales. The coordinates derived from these place names are considered a best guess.
    Target coordinatesInformation derived from notes and planning documents developed before the Field Activity has taken place.
    INSInternal Navigation System aid that uses a computer, motion sensors and rotation sensors to continuously calculate via dead reckoning the position, orientation, and velocity of a moving object without the need for external references.
    date_col
    A number indicating the date the sample was collected in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. A blank value indicates the collection date is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_col
    The time the sample was collected in the format HH:MM:SS where HH is hour on a 24-hour clock, MM is minutes, and SS is seconds. A blank value indicates the collection date is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_zone
    The time zone in which the collection time is recorded, expressed in the standard three letter abbreviation (e.g., EDT=eastern daylight time, HST=Hawaii standard time, UTC=coordinated universal time, etc.). If the time zone is unknown, the value in the field will be "unknown". (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    watr_d
    The water depth at the location of the sample acquisition, measured in meters. A value of -9999 indicates the water depth is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:1.04
    Maximum:2028
    Units:meters
    samp_dsc
    Brief description of the sample entered by the curator; may contain information pertaining to data that are available from the sample or what types of analyses were performed on the sample. A blank indicates no additional descriptive information has been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    notes
    Additional information about the sample as entered by the curator. A blank indicates no additional notes have been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    start_date
    A number indicating the start date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    end_date
    A number indicating the end date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    scientist
    The chief scientist or scientists associated with the field activity. If available, the value is the full name of the scientist (or scientists separated by a semi-colon if there is more than one). Where a full name is not available, the last name of the scientist or scientists is used. A blank indicates no chief scientist was identified for the field activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    platform
    The name of the platform of the field activity. This is typically a ship name. In the case where more than one platform was used on the field activity, the platforms used are separated by a semi-colon. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    other
    Samples that don't fall into one of the other categories (cores, dredges, grabs, slides, subsamples). These samples might include coral skeletons, water samples and peel samples. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    record_id
    Unique identifier of the sample assigned by the collections inventory curator. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    sample_id
    The identification value assigned to the sample at the time of collection. This varies from field activity to field activity and the ID can contain any combination of letters and numbers. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    serial_no
    The serial number assigned to the dataset field activity from which the sample belongs. This value is in the format YYYY-XXX-FA where YYYY is the year, XXX is the number assigned to the activity within the year, and FA indicates Field Activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    dev_code
    Abbreviated code for the collection device of the sample. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    FSFluff sample
    HNDHand sample
    PN1-meter plankton net
    SBCSyringe sample from box core
    SDSediment drill
    STSediment trap
    UNKUnknown device
    NBNiskin bottle
    top_interv
    Top of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the top_interv is either not applicable or unknown. A value of -8888 indicates the sample came from a core catcher. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:0
    Units:centimeters
    bot_interv
    Bottom of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the bottom interval is either not applicable or unknown. A value of -8888 indicates the sample came from a core catcher. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:243
    Maximum:647
    Units:centimeters
    lat_dd
    Latitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with latitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the latitude of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:29.163296
    Maximum:80.81377
    Units:decimal degrees
    lon_dd
    Longitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with longitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the longitude is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-160.04983
    Maximum:-85.646642
    Units:decimal degrees
    loc_source
    The source of the sample's latitude and longitude values. A blank value indicates either the source is unknown, or the location of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    Ship's DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Loran CHyperbolic radio navigation system which determines position by listening to low frequency radio signals transmitted by fixed land-based radio beacons.
    Handheld GPSGlobal Positioning System which is received by a handheld GPS.
    TrackmapAnalog trackchart documenting the positions of the samples when they were collected which has been digitized, georeferenced and the location coordinates have been extracted.
    Published dataInformation obtained from a published source without any further reference to the source of data from which the location coordinates were derived.
    Ship's GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Place nameGeographic place names and locales. The coordinates derived from these place names are considered a best guess.
    Target coordinatesInformation derived from notes and planning documents developed before the Field Activity has taken place.
    INSInternal Navigation System aid that uses a computer, motion sensors and rotation sensors to continuously calculate via dead reckoning the position, orientation, and velocity of a moving object without the need for external references.
    date_col
    A number indicating the date the sample was collected in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. A blank value indicates the collection date is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_col
    The time the sample was collected in the format HH:MM:SS where HH is hour on a 24-hour clock, MM is minutes, and SS is seconds. A blank value indicates the collection date is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_zone
    The time zone in which the collection time is recorded, expressed in the standard three letter abbreviation (e.g., EDT=eastern daylight time, HST=Hawaii standard time, UTC=coordinated universal time, etc.). If the time zone is unknown, the value in the field will be "unknown". (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    material
    A specific description of the nature of the sample (e.g., water sample, coral sample, etc.). (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    dimensions
    If the sample is bound by the dimensions of its container (a liquid or gas), what are the dimensions of the container, expressed in International System of Units (grams, liters, centimeters, etc.) with units of measure accompanying the dimensions. A blank value indicates either unknown or not applicable. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    watr_d
    The water depth at the location of the sample acquisition, measured in meters. A value of -9999 indicates the water depth is unknown or not applicable. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:57.32
    Maximum:3851
    Units:meters
    samp_dsc
    Brief description of the sample entered by the curator; may contain information pertaining to data that are available from the sample or what types of analyses were performed on the sample. A blank indicates no additional descriptive information has been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    notes
    Additional information about the sample as entered by the curator. A blank indicates no additional notes have been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    start_date
    A number indicating the start date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    end_date
    A number indicating the end date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    scientist
    The chief scientist or scientists associated with the field activity. If available, the value is the full name of the scientist (or scientists separated by a semi-colon if there is more than one). Where a full name is not available, the last name of the scientist or scientists is used. A blank indicates no chief scientist was identified for the field activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    platform
    The name of the platform of the field activity. This is typically a ship name. In the case where more than one platform was used on the field activity, the platforms used are separated by a semi-colon. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    slides
    Slides may be microfossil slides (foraminifera and diatoms picked by paleontologists or geologists), thin sections of geological samples, or smear slides of unconsolidated sediment. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    record_id
    Unique identifier of the sample assigned by the dollections inventory curator. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    sample_id
    The identification value assigned to the sample at the time of collection. This varies from field activity to field activity and the ID can contain any combination of letters and numbers. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    serial_no
    The serial number assigned to the dataset field activity from which the sample belongs. This value is in the format YYYY-XXX-FA where YYYY is the year, XXX is the number assigned to the activity within the year, and FA indicates Field Activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    dev_code
    Abbreviated code for the collection device of the sample. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    ALPAlpine piston core
    APCAlvin push core
    BCBox core.
    DDDigby dredge
    DOPDiver-operated push core
    EPCEwing piston core
    FFCFree-fall core
    FSFluff sample
    GCGravity core
    GHFGravity heat flow core
    GPCGiant piston core
    HNDHand sample
    HPCHydroplastic core
    HDCHydraulically-damped slow core
    HSCHydrostatic core
    IKULarge volume grab sampler developed by Institutt for Kontinentalsokkelundersokelse (IKU) - Norway
    PDPipe dredge
    PHCPush core
    PN1-meter plankton net
    PCPiston core
    PTGPonar-type grab
    RCDRockingchair dredge
    RCKRock dredge
    SBSeaBOSS grab
    SBCSyringe sample from box core
    SDSediment drill
    SFGSurface grab
    SHCSlide hammer core
    SMGSmith-Macintyre grab
    SPGShipek grab
    STSediment trap
    TCTrigger-weight core
    UNKUnknown device
    VBCVegimatic box core
    VCVibracore
    VVVanVeen grab
    NBNiskin bottle
    AGAlvin grab
    RDRotary drill
    slide_type
    Type of slide sample has been prepared on. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    top_interv
    Top of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the top_interv is either not applicable or unknown. A value of -8888 indicates the sample came from a core catcher. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:4
    Maximum:20760
    Units:centimeters
    bot_interv
    Bottom of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the bottom interval is either not applicable or unknown. A value of -8888 indicates the sample came from a core catcher. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:5
    Maximum:20770
    Units:centimeters
    lat_dd
    Latitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with latitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the latitude of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:30.6188
    Maximum:40.9311
    Units:decimal degrees
    lon_dd
    Longitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with longitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the longitude is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-80.5175
    Maximum:-67.5083
    Units:decimal degrees
    loc_source
    The source of the sample's latitude and longitude values. A blank value indicates either the source is unknown, or the location of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    Ship's DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Loran CHyperbolic radio navigation system which determines position by listening to low frequency radio signals transmitted by fixed land-based radio beacons.
    Handheld GPSGlobal Positioning System which is received by a handheld GPS.
    TrackmapAnalog trackchart documenting the positions of the samples when they were collected which has been digitized, georeferenced and the location coordinates have been extracted.
    Published dataInformation obtained from a published source without any further reference to the source of data from which the location coordinates were derived.
    Ship's GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Place nameGeographic place names and locales. The coordinates derived from these place names are considered a best guess.
    Target coordinatesInformation derived from notes and planning documents developed before the Field Activity has taken place.
    INSInternal Navigation System aid that uses a computer, motion sensors and rotation sensors to continuously calculate via dead reckoning the position, orientation, and velocity of a moving object without the need for external references.
    watr_d
    The water depth at the location of the sample acquisition, measured in meters. A value of -9999 indicates the water depth is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:32.3
    Maximum:1386
    Units:meters
    samp_dsc
    Brief description of the sample based on annotations on the slide; may contain information pertaining the type of material or microfossils present on the slide, as well as who prepared the slide or picked the fossils. A blank indicates no additional descriptive information has been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    notes
    Additional information about the sample as entered by the curator. A blank indicates no additional notes have been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    start_date
    A number indicating the start date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    end_date
    A number indicating the end date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    scientist
    The chief scientist or scientists associated with the field activity. If available, the value is the full name of the scientist (or scientists separated by a semi-colon if there is more than one). Where a full name is not available, the last name of the scientist or scientists is used. A blank indicates no chief scientist was identified for the field activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    platform
    The name of the platform of the field activity. This is typically a ship name. In the case where more than one platform was used on the field activity, the platforms used are separated by a semi-colon. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    subsamples
    Samples taken from other samples (cores, grabs, and dredges). (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    record_id
    Unique identifier of the sample assigned by the collections inventory curator. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    sample_id
    The identification value assigned to the original sample at the time of collection. This varies from field activity to field activity and the ID can contain any combination of letters and numbers. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    subsamp_name
    The name given to the subsample by the lab analyst or person collecting the subsample. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    serial_no
    The serial number assigned to the dataset field activity from which the sample belongs. This value is in the format YYYY-XXX-FA where YYYY is the year, XXX is the number assigned to the activity within the year, and FA indicates Field Activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    sample_typ
    Indicates the type of original sample the subsample came from. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    dev_code
    Abbreviated code for the collection device of the sample. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    ALPAlpine piston core
    APCAlvin push core
    BCBox core.
    DDDigby dredge
    DOPDiver-operated push core
    EPCEwing piston core
    FFCFree-fall core
    FSFluff sample
    GCGravity core
    GHFGravity heat flow core
    GPCGiant piston core
    HDCHydraulically-damped slow core
    HNDHand sample
    HPCHydroplastic core
    HSCHydrostatic core
    IKULarge volume grab sampler developed by Institutt for Kontinentalsokkelundersokelse (IKU) - Norway
    PDPipe dredge
    PHCPush core
    PN1-meter plankton net
    PCPiston core
    PTGPonar-type grab
    RCDRockingchair dredge
    RCKRock dredge
    SBSeaBOSS grab
    SBCSyringe sample from box core
    SDSediment drill
    SFGSurface grab
    SHCSlide hammer core
    SMGSmith-Macintyre grab
    SPGShipek grab
    STSediment trap
    TCTrigger-weight core
    UNKUnknown device
    VBCVegimatic box core
    VCVibracore
    VVVanVeen grab
    NBNiskin bottle
    AGAlvin grab
    RDRotary drill
    top_interv
    Top of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the top_interv is either not applicable or unknown. A value of -8888 indicates the sample came from a core catcher. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:1
    Maximum:1
    Units:centimeters
    bot_interv
    Bottom of sampled interval, measured in centimeters from the top of the sample. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the bottom interval is either not applicable or unknown. A value of -8888 indicates the sample came from a core catcher. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:3
    Maximum:3
    Units:centimeters
    lat_dd
    Latitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with latitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates the latitude of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:41.82833
    Maximum:45.05839
    Units:decimal degrees
    lon_dd
    Longitude decimal degrees of the sample location. The horizontal datum associated with longitude fix varies depending on the year and navigation acquisition system. A value of -9999 indicates a value of the longitude is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-70.56512
    Maximum:-66.2306
    Units:decimal degrees
    loc_source
    The source of the sample's latitude and longitude values. A blank value indicates either the source is unknown, or the location of the sample is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    ValueDefinition
    Ship's DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    DGPSDifferential Global Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Loran CHyperbolic radio navigation system which determines position by listening to low frequency radio signals transmitted by fixed land-based radio beacons.
    Handheld GPSGlobal Positioning System which is received by a handheld GPS.
    TrackmapAnalog trackchart documenting the positions of the samples when they were collected which has been digitized, georeferenced and the location coordinates have been extracted.
    Published dataInformation obtained from a published source without any further reference to the source of data from which the location coordinates were derived.
    Ship's GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by platform or other vessel from which the navigation and coordinates were derived.
    GPSGlobal Positioning System maintained and operated by the USGS WHCMSC.
    Place nameGeographic place names and locales. The coordinates derived from these place names are considered a best guess.
    Target coordinatesInformation derived from notes and planning documents developed before the Field Activity has taken place.
    INSInternal Navigation System aid that uses a computer, motion sensors and rotation sensors to continuously calculate via dead reckoning the position, orientation, and velocity of a moving object without the need for external references.
    date_col
    A number indicating the date the parent sample was collected in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. A blank value indicates the collection date is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_col
    The time the parent sample was collected in the format HH:MM:SS where HH is hour on a 24-hour clock, MM is minutes, and SS is seconds. A blank value indicates the collection date is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    time_zone
    The time zone in which the collection time is recorded, expressed in the standard three letter abbreviation (e.g., EDT=eastern daylight time, HST=Hawaii standard time, UTC=coordinated universal time, etc.). If the time zone is unknown, the value in the field will be "unknown". (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    watr_d
    The water depth at the location of the sample acquisition, measured in meters. A value of -9999 indicates the water depth is unknown. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
    Range of values
    Minimum:25
    Maximum:281
    Units:meters
    samp_dsc
    Brief description of the sample entered by the curator; may contain information pertaining to data that are available from the sample. A blank indicates no additional descriptive information has been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set.
    analyses
    A listing of known analyses performed on this subsample. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    notes
    Additional information about the sample as entered by the curator. A blank indicates no additional notes have been recorded. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    start_date
    A number indicating the start date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    end_date
    A number indicating the end date of the field activity the sample was collected during in the format YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY is the year, MM is the numeric month, and DD is the day of the month. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Although the value is a number, the meaning is only derived once the individual components of the number are derived.
    scientist
    The chief scientist or scientists associated with the field activity. If available, the value is the full name of the scientist (or scientists separated by a semi-colon if there is more than one). Where a full name is not available, the last name of the scientist or scientists is used. A blank indicates no chief scientist was identified for the field activity. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    platform
    The name of the platform of the field activity. This is typically a ship name. In the case where more than one platform was used on the field activity, the platforms used are separated by a semi-colon. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey) Character set
    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    The attribute definitions are based on the database as a whole. In the case of enumerated definitions, all possible values are defined for that particular sample type.
    Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: U.S. Geological Survey

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Buczkowski, Brian J.
    • Cross, VeeAnn A.
    • Schweitzer, Peter N.
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: Brian Buczkowski
    Curator of Geologic Collections
    Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2361 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    bbuczkowski@usgs.gov

Why was the data set created?

The Samples Repository provides secure storage, processing, and resampling services to USGS scientists and researchers from government and academic institutions investigating the history, nature, and physical properties of geological, biological, and geochemical materials collected from coastal, marine, and near-shore environments. These working scientific collections continue to be a valuable resource for research and scientific investigation through preservation in the Samples Repository and access through the collections inventory.

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: 2018 (process 1 of 1)
    This collections inventory has been compiled, organized, and released online to provide researchers and the general public with a means to discover and request scientific sample material preserved and maintained by the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository. For more information pertaining to the organization, management, and access to the sample collection managed by the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Samples Repository, see Buczkowski (2018) in the cross-reference section.
    The Geodetic_Model section defines the horizontal datum as WGS 84, although this is not technically accurate. The positional accuracy is variable and somewhat related to the year of acquisition and source of the location coordinates. Older datasets (from the 1960's) have a much lower accuracy (on the order of 100 meters) due to the navigation systems available. Additional inaccuracy is introduced because no attempt has been made to make datum transformation from the older datums to WGS 84, so the latitudes and longitudes represent a mix of datums. The only assumption that can be made about the datum is based on the year of acquisition. Data collected prior to 1983 is assumed to have a horizontal datum of NAD 27, while data collected after 1983 is assumed to have a horizontal datum of either NAD 83 or WGS 84. In some instances, place names were the only location information available. These place names were assigned coordinates based on the place name and other associated information describing the location of the sample. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: Brian Buczkowski
    Curator of Geologic Collections
    Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2361 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    bbuczkowski@usgs.gov
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?
    Buczkowski, Brian J., 2018, Collections management plan for the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository: Open-File Report 2018-1100, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.

    Online Links:

    Other_Citation_Details:
    This report provides information pertaining to the organization, management, and access to the sample collections managed by the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Samples Repository. This report supersedes U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006–1187.
    U.S. Geological Survey, 2014, The USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository project page.

    Online Links:

    Hopkins, T.L., 1964, A survey of marine bottom samplers: Progress in Oceanography v.2, pp. 213-256.

    Online Links:

    Other_Citation_Details:
    This publication describes in more detail some of the collection devices used by the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center.

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

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
    The positional accuracy is variable and somewhat related to the year of acquisition. Older datasets (from the 1960's) have a much lower accuracy (on the order of 100 meters) due to the navigation systems available. Additional inaccuracy is introduced because no attempt has been made to make datum transformation from the older datums to WGS 84, so the latitudes and longitudes represent a mix of datums. The only assumption that can be made about the datum is based on the year of acquisition. Data collected prior to 1983 is assumed to have a horizontal datum of NAD 27, while data collected after 1983 is assumed to have a horizontal datum of either NAD 83 or WGS 84. In some instances, place names were the only location information available. These place names were assigned coordinates based on the place name and other associated information describing the location of the sample.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
    No attempt has been made to assess the vertical accuracy of water depth measurements where water depths are reported. The source of the reported values is unknown and could range from fathometer systems (with our without system draft accounted for), or extraction of water depth values from a bathymetry grid based on the sample location. A value of 9999 is used in the Depth_Resolution of the Depth_System_Definition in order to satisfy the metadata standard - but also flag that no specific value can be assigned.
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    This dataset represents all the samples in the WHSMSC Samples Repository at the time of publication. This is a total of 8229 records. The data type of number of records in that data type are as follows: cores - 1308; dredges - 420; grabs - 4074; slides - 2300; subsamples - 94; other - 33.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    All samples are entered into the PostgresSQL database and the information entered for each sample is as consistent as possible.

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:
Not to be used for navigation. The public domain data from the U.S. Government are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the U.S. Geological Survey as the originator of the dataset.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: Brian Buczkowski
    Curator of Geologic Collections
    Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2361 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    bbuczkowski@usgs.gov
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set? A zip file (created with 7-Zip version 16.04) containing the collections inventory data and the associated CSDGM FGDC metadata. The sample data are in CSV format with a separate file for each data type (core, grab, dredge, slide, subsample, and other).
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    Neither the U.S. government, the Department of the Interior, nor the USGS, nor any of their employees, contractors, or subcontractors, make any warranty, express or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, nor represent that its use would not infringe on privately owned rights. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the USGS in the use of these data or related materials. Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
  4. How can I download or order the data?

Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 20-Jun-2018
Metadata author:
U.S. Geological Survey
Attn: Brian Buczkowski
Curator of Geologic Collections
Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Woods Hole, MA

508-548-8700 x2361 (voice)
508-457-2310 (FAX)
bbuczkowski@usgs.gov
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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