Interpretation of the Sedimentary Environments of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Survey H11322, Western Rhode Island Sound (H11322ENVIRONS, Geographic)

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working cooperatively with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to interpret the surficial geology in estuaries along the coast of the northeastern United States. The purpose of our present study is to define the sea floor morphology and sedimentary environments in an area of Rhode Island Sound using sidescan-sonar and bathymetric data collected onboard the NOAA Ship RUDE, as well as historic seismic records. The mosaic, bathymetry, and their interpretations serve many purposes, including: (1) defining the geological variability of the sea floor, which is one of the primary controls of benthic habitat diversity; (2) improving our understanding of the processes that control the distribution and transport of bottom sediments and the distribution of benthic habitats and associated infaunal community structures; and (3) providing a detailed framework for future research, monitoring, and management activities. The sidescan-sonar mosaics and bathymetry images also serve as base maps for subsequent sedimentological, geochemical, and biological observations, because precise information on environmental setting is important for selection of sampling sites and for accurate interpretations of point measurements.

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Metadata Date November 25, 2019
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2009 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Overview image showing the interpretation of the sedimentary environments of NOAA H11322 sidescan-sonar mosaic and bathymetry image.

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 25, 2019
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2009 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Geological Survey (Point of Contact)
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Bbox East Long -71.324151
Bbox North Lat 41.328080
Bbox South Lat 41.254770
Bbox West Long -71.437526
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Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Graphic Preview Description Overview image showing the interpretation of the sedimentary environments of NOAA H11322 sidescan-sonar mosaic and bathymetry image.
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Metadata Type geospatial
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Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2004-07-06
Temporal Extent End 2004-07-16

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