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Descriptive statistics and spatial distributions of geochemical variables associated with manganese oxide-rich phases in the northern Pacific

Bulletin 1863

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Abstract

Tables, graphs, and maps are used to portray the frequency characteristics and spatial distribution of manganese oxide-rich phase geochemical data, to characterize the northern Pacific in terms of publicly available nodule geochemical data, and to develop data portrayal methods that will facilitate data analysis. Source data are a subset of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography's Sediment Data Bank. The study area is bounded by N., 40° N., 120° E., and 100° W. and is arbitrarily subdivided into 14-20°x20° geographic subregions.

Frequency distributions of trace metals characterized in the original raw data are graphed as ogives, and salient parameters are tabulated. All variables are transformed to enrichment values relative to median concentration within their host subregions. Scatter plots of all pairs of original variables and their enrichment transforms are provided as an aid to the interpretation of correlations between variables. Gridded spatial distributions of all variables are portrayed as gray-scale maps.

The use of tables and graphs to portray frequency statistics and gray-scale maps to portray spatial distributions is an effective way to prepare for and facilitate multivariate data analysis.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Descriptive statistics and spatial distributions of geochemical variables associated with manganese oxide-rich phases in the northern Pacific
Series title:
Bulletin
Series number:
1863
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
Report: v, 62 p.; Overlay: 7.69 x 9.49 inches