ATL_FAC: usSEABED facies data for the entire U.S. Atlantic Coast

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: U.S. Geological Survey
Originator: University of Colorado
Publication_Date: 2005
Title:
ATL_FAC: usSEABED facies data for the entire U.S. Atlantic Coast
Edition: 1.0
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Online_Linkage: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/118/data/atl_fac.zip>
Online_Linkage: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/118/htmldocs/data_cata.htm>
Larger_Work_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: J.M. Reid
Originator: J.A. Reid
Originator: C.J. Jenkins
Originator: M.E. Hastings
Originator: S.J. Williams
Originator: L.J. Poppe
Publication_Date: 2005
Title:
usSEABED: Atlantic Coast Offshore Surficial Sediment Data Release
Edition: 1.0
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Data Series
Issue_Identification: 118
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Woods Hole Science Center, Woods Hole, MA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Online_Linkage: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/118/>
Description:
Abstract:
The facies data layer (_FAC.txt) is a point coverage of known sediment samplings, inspections, and probings from the usSEABED data collection and integrated using the software system dbSEABED. The facies data layer (_FAC.txt)represents concatenated information about components (minerals and rock type), genesis (igneous, metamorphic, carbonate, terrigenous), and other appropriate groupings of information about the seafloor. The facies data are parsed from written descriptions from cores, grabs, photographs, and videos, and may apply only to a subsample as denoted by the Top, Bottom, and SamplePhase fields. Lack of values in a defined facies field does not necessarily imply lack of the components defining that field, but may imply a lack of data for that field. Note: These data were reprojected from their native projection into North American Datum 1983 (NAD83) / Massachusetts State Plane coordinate system, Mainland Zone (Fipszone 2001) meters and subsequently clipped to the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and vicinity by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management on June 7, 2006.
Purpose:
The Facies layer can be used to investigate the known information about a particular area of the seafloor. These data are intended for science researchers, policy makers, students, and the general public. The data can be used with geographic information systems (GIS) software to display geologic and oceanographic information.
Supplemental_Information:
This layer can be used in a relational data base, using the DataSetKey to link to the ATL_SRC.txt file for brief metadata information and to formal metadata written on each source, and to the other data files of usSEABED using the SiteKey or SampleKey as relational links.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2005
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency:
As significant additional information is added to the usSEABED data collection and/or significant changes to the data mining software.
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.99860
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.00000
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 44.90600
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 23.02000
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: General
Theme_Keyword: marine
Theme_Keyword: sediment
Theme_Keyword: seafloor
Theme_Keyword: seabed
Theme_Keyword: descriptions
Theme_Keyword: analyses
Theme_Keyword: usSEABED
Theme_Keyword: dbSEABED
Theme_Keyword: components
Theme_Keyword: features
Theme_Keyword: genesis
Theme_Keyword: facies
Theme_Keyword: U.S. Geological Survey
Theme_Keyword: Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Theme_Keyword: Woods Hole Science Center
Theme_Keyword: Pacific Science Center
Theme_Keyword: Marine Aggregates Resources and Processes Project
Theme_Keyword: Benthic Habitats (Pacific) Project
Theme_Keyword: University of Colorado
Theme_Keyword: Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
Theme_Keyword: USGS
Theme_Keyword: CMGP
Theme_Keyword: WHSC
Theme_Keyword: PSC
Theme_Keyword: UC
Theme_Keyword: INSTAAR
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: oceans and estuaries
Theme_Keyword: location
Theme_Keyword: geoscientificInformation
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: Geographic Names Information System
Place_Keyword: Atlantic Coast
Place_Keyword: East Coast
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: North America
Place_Keyword: Atlantic Ocean
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
Public domain data from the U.S. Government are freely redistributable with the proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as the source of this information.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Jane A. Reid
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Position: Geologist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: Pacific Science Center
Address: 400 Natural Bridges Drive
City: Santa Cruz
State_or_Province: CA
Postal_Code: 95060
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 831-427-4727
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: jareid@usgs.gov
Contact_Instructions: email preferred
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/118/data/atl_fac.jpg>
Browse_Graphic_File_Description: Image map showing extent of data layer coverage
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: JPEG
Data_Set_Credit:
We thank the following interns for their assistance in data entry, coding, and data testing: Viness Ubert, Emma Mitchell, Emily Denham and Shea Quinn.
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Tkme: Another editor for formal metadata by Peter N. Schweitzer (U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 22092), version 2.9.13, Microsoft Windows Version 5.1; Microsoft Word 2000 9.0

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Accuracy of each attribute is dependent on the accuracy of the original source description and the values calculated by the mining software, dbSEABED. Values are based on filters using fuzzy set theory and represent a measure of truth about the attribute.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Data in the usSEABED data collection are based on the observations and analyses of others, filtered through a unifying and mining software. Each source report varies in type of information/data recorded and format. Only those observations that are recorded can be filtered and mined; only presence (not absences) of information can be noted.
Completeness_Report:
Additional useable data may exist in this area; the authors appreciate any information and leads.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
Locational accuracy is dependent on both the accuracy of the navigational technique and the level of detail about the location as recorded in the individual data sources, and may vary widely (ie.g., from 0.005 km (differential GPS) in the more recent surveys to greater than 2 km based on radar, Loran, or dead reckoning in the older surveys. Users of the data should note the metadata written about the original sources and use their own criteria for assessing the accuracy of the locations.
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy:
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
Depth determinations, both water depth and subsample depth, are dependent on the accuracy of the depth determination technique and the level of detail noted in the original source. Users of the data should note the metadata written about the original sources and use their own criteria for assessing the accuracy of the locations.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Various
Publication_Date: Unpublished and published material
Title:
See separate listing, ATL_SRC.txt, and links provided therein, within this publication for the specific sources and associated metadata.
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Hard copy documents and digital files
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Various
Publisher: Various
Other_Citation_Details:
X number of sources, both published and unpublished, are used as the sources of information for usSEABED. Metadata for each source is linked through the usSEABED source file (ATL_SRC.txt). Sources include the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Minerals Management Service (MMS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), the Maryland and New Jersey State Geological Surveys (MGS, NJGS), NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), the Smithsonian Institution, and others.
Type_of_Source_Media: Hard copy and digital
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 1840
Ending_Date: 2003
Source_Currentness_Reference: Source publication date or date of collection
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: Varies with source
Source_Contribution:
Point locations, descriptions, and various analytical data (textural, granulometric, geochemical, geophysical, acoustic) on sediments, rock exposure, and benthos. Varies with source.
Process_Step:
Process_Description: Dataset copied.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: D:\GIS_data\usSEABED_v1.0\projected\atl_fac

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: Point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 4124

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Grid_Coordinate_System:
Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: State Plane Coordinate System
State_Plane_Coordinate_System:
SPCS_Zone_Identifier: 2001
Lambert_Conformal_Conic:
Standard_Parallel: 41.716667
Standard_Parallel: 42.683333
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -71.500000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 41.000000
False_Easting: 200000.000000
False_Northing: 750000.000000
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.002048
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.002048
Planar_Distance_Units: meters
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: Point
Entity_Type_Definition: Sample location
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: Source reports
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Forams
Attribute_Definition: Those samples with a foraminferal component
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a foraminifera, benthic foraminifera, planktonic foraminifera, large foraminifera, or arenaceous foraminifera component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LATITUDE
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LONGITUDE
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shell
Attribute_Definition: Shell
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a specific shell or shell debris component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SAMPLETOP
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: WATERDEPTH
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: HardPlant
Attribute_Definition: Hard marine plants
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a coralline algae, coral algae, halimeda, or calcareous algae component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SAMPLEBASE
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SITEKEY
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SAMPLEKEY
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SAMPLER
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: DATATYPE
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: TERRIGENOU
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CARBONATE
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SITE
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: DATASETKEY
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Latitude
Attribute_Definition: Latitude coordinate of sample location
Attribute_Definition_Source: Source data
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: location information in decimal degrees
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SampleTop
Attribute_Definition:
Measured subbottom depth information for each point sample (top)
Attribute_Definition_Source: Source data
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Subsample location information in meters
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SiteKey
Attribute_Definition: Site key (relational link)
Attribute_Definition_Source: dbSEABED MNEt program
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Unique sequential numeric key to information about the same site in other usSEABED data files
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Carbonate
Attribute_Definition: Those samples with a carbonate component
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a specific carbonate, calcareous crust, calcite, dolomite, limestone, or siderite component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Volcanic
Attribute_Definition: Those samples with a volcanic component
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a specific volcanic rock (volrck and vol_rck), basalt, pumice, volcanic glass, or volcanic sediment; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Carbon
Attribute_Definition: Those samples with a carbon component
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a organic carbon, bitumin, coal, or peat component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SilcPelag
Attribute_Definition: Silceous pelagic fauna/flora
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a diatom, radiolaria, or siliceous ooze component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Coral
Attribute_Definition: Corals
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a coral, coral reef, coral debris, or solitary coral component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SILCPELAG
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Igneous
Attribute_Definition: Those samples with a igneous component
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a specific igneous rock, andesite, basalt, gabbro, ultramafic, or granite component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: METAMORPHI
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: MINERALIZE
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: AUTHFEMN
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: OOZE
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SAMPLEPHAS
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CARBON
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: GEOCHEMSIG
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FORAMS
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: OTHERCALCP
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Ooze
Attribute_Definition: Those samples with a ooze component
Attribute_Definition_Source: db9_dct.rtf, db9_FAC.txt for U.S. waters
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Result of filters based on fuzzy set theory determining degree of membership (0-100) for samples that include those terms which denote a calcareous ooze, siliceous ooze, or other ooze component; see table D in the data publication (Larger_Work_Citation) for list of trigger terms under each component mentioned.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHELL
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CORAL
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: HARDPLANT
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Longitude
Attribute_Definition: Longitude coordinate of sample location
Attribute_Definition_Source: Source data
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: location information in decimal degrees
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: IGNEOUS
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: DataSetKey
Attribute_Definition: Data set key (relational link)
Attribute_Definition_Source: dbSEABED MNEt program
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Unique sequential numeric key to SRC file
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: VOLCANIC
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SampleKey
Attribute_Definition: Sample key (relational link)
Attribute_Definition_Source: Source data
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Unique sequential numeric key to information about the same sample or subsample in other usSEABED data files

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Person: Jamey M. Reid
Contact_Position: IT Specialist (Data Management)
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: USGS Woods Hole Science Center
Address: 384 Woods Hole Road
City: Woods Hole
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02543-1598
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (508) 548-8700 x2204
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: jreid@usgs.gov
Contact_Instructions: email preferred
Resource_Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
Although this data set has been used by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the USGS as to the accuracy of the data and/or related materials. 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.

Trade, firm, or product names and other references to non-USGS products and services are provided for information only and do not constitute endorsement or warranty, express or implied, by the USGS, USDOI, or U.S. Government, as to their suitability, content, usefulness, functioning, completeness, or accuracy.

Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: ASCII text
Format_Information_Content:
Text file containing data input to usSEABED. Fields are comma separated values. First record of file contains field names.
File_Decompression_Technique: no compression applied
Transfer_Size: 2.17 MB
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/118/data/atl_fac.txt>
Network_Resource_Name: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/118/htmldocs/data_cata.htm>
Access_Instructions: Downloadable thru the WWW
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: SHP
Format_Specification: ESRI Shapefile
Format_Information_Content:
The SHP file contains the geospatial data. The SHX file contains the index of the geospatial data. The DBF file contains the attribute data in dBASE format. The PRJ file contains the coordinate system information (optional). The AVL file contains the legend information (optional). The SBN and SBX files contain the spatial index of the geospatial data (optional). The XML file contains the metadata describing the data set <data set name>.shp.xml. An ASCII version of the metadata file. A browse graphic showing the data layer coverage and extent (optional).
File_Decompression_Technique: winzip
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/118/data/atl_fac.zip>
Network_Resource_Name: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/2005/118/htmldocs/data_cata.htm>
Access_Instructions: Downloadable thru the WWW
Fees: None
Technical_Prerequisites:
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.

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20050408
Metadata_Review_Date: 20050512
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Jane A. Reid
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Position: Geologist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mail and physical
Address: Pacific Science Center
Address: 400 Natural Bridges Drive
City: Santa Cruz
State_or_Province: CA
Postal_Code: 95060
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 831-427-4727
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: jareid@usgs.gov
Contact_Instructions: email preferred
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
Metadata_Access_Constraints: None
Metadata_Use_Constraints: None
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage: <http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html>
Profile_Name: ESRI Metadata Profile

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