Sediments on the Shelf South of Martha's Vineyard (HOLLISTER69 shapefile)

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Sediments on the Shelf South of Martha's Vineyard (HOLLISTER69 shapefile)
Abstract:
An unusual accumulation ofi ncohesive fine-grained sediment (silt and clay) occurs in the midst of the sand-covered continental shelf south of Martha's Vineyard. This 4000 square mile deposit of soft material is assumed to overlie relict Pleistocene sands. The objective of this study was to determine the distribution, thickness, and engineering properties of this fine-grained deposit.
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Poppe, Lawrence J., 2003, Sediments on the Shelf South of Martha's Vineyard (HOLLISTER69 shapefile): Open-File Report 03-001, U. S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Woods Hole, MA.

    Online Links:

    This is part of the following larger work.

    Poppe, L.J., Paskevich, V.F., Williams, S.J., Hastings, M.E., Kelley, J.T., Belknap, D.F., Ward, L.G., Fitzgerald, D.M., and Larsen, P.F., 2003, Surficial Sediment Data from the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and vicinity: a GIS Compilation: Open-File Report 03-001, U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.

    Online Links:

    Other_Citation_Details: 1 CD-ROM
  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -71.716700
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -70.258300
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 40.700000
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 39.941700
  3. What does it look like?
    http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/of03-001/data/seddata/hollister69/hollister69-thumb.gif (GIF)
    Thumbnail image showing extent and distribution of data layer coverage.
    http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/of03-001/data/seddata/hollister69/hollister69.gif (GIF)
    Image map showing extent and distribution of data layer coverage.
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Calendar_Date: 1969
    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 Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • Entity point (53)
    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 0.0001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.0001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees. The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1927.
      The ellipsoid used is Clarke 1866.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378206.400000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/294.978698.
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    hollister69.dbf
    Shapefile Attribute Table (Source: ESRI)
    FID
    Internal feature number. (Source: ESRI) Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
    Shape
    Feature geometry. (Source: ESRI) Coordinates defining the features.
    PROJECTID
    Name assigned to the dataset for future identification (Source: Compiler)
    ValueDefinition
    HOLLISTER1969Chief scientist and year of publication
    STATION
    Number assigned to distinguish stations (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:1
    Maximum:55
    Units:station
    Resolution:1
    DATE
    Date sample was collected (Source: Scientist) Year, month, and day when sample was collected.
    TIME
    Time of day when sample was collected (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:50
    Maximum:2332
    Units:minute
    Resolution:1
    DEVICE
    Equipment used to collect samples (Source: Scientist)
    ValueDefinition
    VAN VEENgrab sampler
    LATITUDE
    Latitude coordinate of sample location (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:39.9417
    Maximum:40.7000
    Units:Deciaml degrees
    Resolution:0.0001
    LONGITUDE
    Longitude coordinate of sample location (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-71.7167
    Maximum:-70.2583
    Units:Deciaml degrees
    Resolution:0.0001
    DEPTH_M
    Water depth in meters (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:0.5
    Maximum:176.1
    Units:meters
    Resolution:0.1
    SAND
    Percentage of sand in sample (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:5
    Maximum:91
    Units:percent
    Resolution:1
    SILT
    Percentage of silt in a sample (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:4
    Maximum:70
    Units:percent
    Resolution:1
    CLAY
    Percentage of clay in a sample (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:4
    Maximum:27
    Units:percent
    Resolution:1
    SHEPARD_CL
    Textural classification based on a scheme devised by Shepard (1954) (Source: Compiler) Verbal descriptions of sediment texture
    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    Navigation, grain-size data, textural descriptions, and sample identifiers are provided.
    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)
    • Lawrence J. Poppe
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
    Please review the cross reference information for the original data set credit to Hollister and Korites (1969). Polly Hastings for entering the data and Larry Poppe for creating the shapefile.
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    Lawrence J. Poppe
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA
    USA

    (508) 548-8700 x2314 (voice)
    (508) 457-2310 (FAX)
    lpoppe@usgs.gov

Why was the data set created?

The purpose of this data layer is to release a digital version of the sediment contained in Hollister and Korites (1969).

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
    Information unavailable from original metadata. (source 1 of 1)
    Hollister, C.D., and Korites, B.J., 1969, Distribution, Thickness, and Mechanical Properties of an Accumulation of Fine-Grained Sediment on the Continental Shelf South of Martha's Vineyard: Report Report to the Amercian Telephone and Telegraph Company, 18 p., Woods Hole Oceanographic Intsituion, Woods Hole, MA.

    Type_of_Source_Media: paper
    Source_Contribution: Information unavailable from original metadata.
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    Date: 13-Sep-2002 (process 1 of 3)
    The source sediment data was manually entered into digital form and was imported from an ASCII text file to an ArcView table. The table was later converted to an event theme in ArcView and saved as the final shapefile. Person who carried out this activity:
    Lawrence J. Poppe
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA
    USA

    (508) 548-8700 x2314 (voice)
    (508) 457-2310 (FAX)
    lpoppe@usgs.gov
    Data sources used in this process:
    • hollister69.txt
    Data sources produced in this process:
    • hollister69.shp
    • hollister69.dbf
    • hollister69.shx
    Date: 01-Dec-2015 (process 2 of 3)
    Edits to the metadata were made to fix any errors that MP v 2.9.32 flagged. This is necessary to enable the metadata to be successfully harvested for various data catalogs. In some cases, this meant adding text "Information unavailable" or "Information unavailable from original metadata" for those required fields that were left blank. Other minor edits were probably performed (title, publisher, publication place, etc.). The metadata date (but not the metadata creator) was edited to reflect the date of these changes. The metadata available from a harvester may supersede metadata bundled within a download file. Compare the metadata dates to determine which metadata file is most recent. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: VeeAnn A. Cross
    Marine Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Rd.
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2251 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    vatnipp@usgs.gov
    Date: 20-Jul-2018 (process 3 of 3)
    USGS Thesaurus keywords added to the keyword section. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: VeeAnn A. Cross
    Marine Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2251 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    vatnipp@usgs.gov
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?
    Hollister, C.D., and Korites, B.J., 1969, Distribution, Thickness, and Mechanical Properties of an Accumulation of Fine-Grained Sediment on the Continental Shelf South of Martha's Vineyard: Report Report to the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 18 p., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA.


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

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
    All attributes were entered and checked by the compilers in a consistent manner.
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
    No navigation methods are provided with the original report (probably Loran A). Navigational accuracy is unknown.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    Navigation, grain-size data, and textural descriptions are provided for 55 grab sample stations.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    No additional checks for topological consistency were performed on this data.

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:
Public domain data from the U.S. Government are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as the source of this information.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    Lawrence J. Poppe
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA
    USA

    (508) 548-8700 x2314 (voice)
    (508) 457-2310 (FAX)
    lpoppe@usgs.gov
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set? Downloadable Data
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    Although these data have been used by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), no warranty expressed or implied is made by the U.S. Geological Survey as to the accuracy of the data. 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?
  5. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?
    These data are available in Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) shapefile format. The user must have ArcGIS or ArcView 3.0 or greater software to read and process the data file. In lieu of ArcView or ArcGIS, the user may utilize another GIS application package capable of importing the data. A free data viewer, ArcExplorer, capable of displaying the data is available from ESRI at www.esri.com.

Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 20-Jul-2018
Metadata author:
Lawrence J. Poppe
U.S. Geological Survey
Geologist
384 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA
USA

(508) 548-8700 x2314 (voice)
(508) 457-2310 (FAX)
lpoppe@usgs.gov
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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