Samples from the Georges Bank Canyons acquired in 1936 (STETSON36 shapefile)

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Samples from the Georges Bank Canyons acquired in 1936 (STETSON36 shapefile)
Abstract:
Submarine canyons cut into the edge of the continental shelf and the continental slope along much of the U.S. Atlantic coast. Three canyons along the southern edge of Georges Bank (Lydonia, Oceanographer, Gilbert) were dredged and cored to study their modern sediments and the lithologies and ages of the rocks exposed on the canyon walls. As part of this study eleven cores were taken and the results of the textural analyses on the surficial sediments are contained in this data set.
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Poppe, Lawrence J., 2003, Samples from the Georges Bank Canyons acquired in 1936 (STETSON36 shapefile): Open-File Report 03-001, U. S. Geological Survey, 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: -68.150000
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -67.663890
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 40.495830
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 40.281670
  3. What does it look like?
    http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/of03-001/data/seddata/stetson36/stetson36-thumb.gif (GIF)
    Thumbnail image showing extent and distribution of data layer coverage.
    http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/of03-001/data/seddata/stetson36/stetson36.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: 1936
    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 (11)
    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 0.00001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.00001. 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?
    stetson36.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 data set for future identification. (Source: Compiler)
    ValueDefinition
    STETSON1936Scientist and publication year
    AREA
    Location of study (Source: Compiler)
    ValueDefinition
    Canyons South of Georges BankInformation unavailable from original metadata.
    DEVICE
    Sampling device used to collect sediment (Source: Scientist)
    ValueDefinition
    Gravity CoreInformation unavailable from original metadata.
    CORE
    Number which designates the station occupied. (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:1
    Maximum:11
    Units:cores
    Resolution:1
    TDEPTH
    Depth within the core to the top of the sample in cm. (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:0
    Units:centimeters
    Resolution:.5
    BDEPTH
    Depth within the core to the bottom of the sample in cm. (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:1.5
    Maximum:5
    Units:centimeters
    Resolution:.5
    LATITUDE
    Latitude coordinate of sample locations (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:40.28167
    Maximum:40.49583
    Units:Decimal Degrees
    Resolution:0.00001
    LONGITUDE
    Longitude coordinate of sample location (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-68.15000
    Maximum:-67.66389
    Units:Decimal Degrees
    Resolution:0.00001
    DEPTH
    Water depth at sample locations (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:396
    Maximum:1057
    Units:meters
    Resolution:1
    GRAVEL
    Percentage of gravel in a sample (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:0
    Maximum:7
    Units:percent
    Resolution:0.1
    SAND
    Percentage of sand in a sample (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:24.8
    Maximum:93.5
    Units:percent
    Resolution:0.1
    SILT
    Percentage of silt in the samples (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:3
    Maximum:31.5
    Units:percent
    Resolution:0.1
    CLAY
    Percentage of clay in the samples (Source: Scientist)
    Range of values
    Minimum:3
    Maximum:41.5
    Units:percent
    Resolution:0.1
    CLASS
    Textural classification based on a scheme devised by Shepard (1954) (Source: Scientist) Character string of width 18.
    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    Grain-size data, textural descriptions, navigation, and identifiers for the data published by Stetson (1936).
    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 view the cross reference information for the original data set credit to Stetson (1936). Larry Poppe for entering the data from the source report and creating the ArcView 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 selected sediment data originally published in Stetson (1936).

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
    Information unavailable from original metadata. (source 1 of 1)
    Stetson, H.C., 1936, Geology and Paleontology of the Georges Bank Canyons: Bulletin, Geological Society of America v. 47, p. 339-366.

    Type_of_Source_Media: paper
    Source_Contribution: Information unavailable from original metadata.
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    Date: 11-Sep-2002 (process 1 of 3)
    The source information 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:
    • stetson36.txt
    Data sources produced in this process:
    • stetson36.shp
    • stetson36.dbf
    • stetson.shx
    Date: 02-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?
    Stetson, H.C., 1936, Geology and Paleontology of the Georges Bank Canyons: Bulletin, Geological Society of America v. 47, p. 339-366..


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 navigational methods are provided in the original publication. Horizontal accuracy is unknown.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
    Tides less than 2 m.
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    Sample locations, grain size data, textural descriptions, navigation, and identifiers are provided for 11 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?
    • Availability in digital form:
      Data format: Five files (stetson36.shp, stetson36.dbf, stetson36.shx, stetson36.sbn, stetson36.sbx) comprising the ArcView point shapefile components, 'prj' and 'avl' files, metadata text file and browse graphic. in format SHP (version 3.2) ESR point shapefile Size: 0.04
      Network links: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2003/of03-001/data/seddata/stetson36/stetson36.zip
      Media you can order: CD-ROM (Density 650 Mbytes) (format ISO 9660)
      Note: The user must have a computer system with a CD-ROM available. To browse the information contained on this CD-ROM, the user must have a current WWW browser available. The user must also have software installed on their computer to unzip the archived file.
    • Cost to order the data: None

  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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