Sediment data collected in 2014 from Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

Data Series 985
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In response to the 2010 Governor’s Action Plan to clean up the Barnegat Bay–Little Egg Harbor (BBLEH) estuary in New Jersey, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) partnered with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2011 to begin a multidisciplinary research project to understand the physical controls on water quality in the bay. Between 2011 and 2013, USGS scientists mapped the geological and morphological characteristics of the seafloor of the BBLEH estuary using a suite of geophysical tools. However, this mapping effort included only surficial characterization of bay sediments; to verify the sub-surface geophysical data, sediment cores were required.

This report serves as an archive of sedimentologic data from 18 vibracores collected from Barnegat Bay between May and August of 2014 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on behalf of the USGS. The vibracores were collected in conjunction with an ongoing NRCS subaqueous soil survey for the BBLEH estuary. The data presented in this report, including descriptive core logs, core photographs, processed grain-size data, and Geographic Information System (GIS) data files with accompanying formal Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata, can be viewed or downloaded from the Data Products and Downloads page.

Suggested Citation

Bernier, J.C., Stalk, C.A., Kelso, K.W., Miselis, J.L., and Tunstead, Rob, 2016, Sediment data collected in 2014 from Barnegat Bay, New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 985,

ISSN: 2327-638X (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Field Data Collection
  • Laboratory Methods and Analyses
  • Data Products and Downloads
  • References Cited
  • Abbreviations
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Sediment data collected in 2014 from Barnegat Bay, New Jersey
Series title Data Series
Series number 985
DOI 10.3133/ds985
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description HTML Document
Time Range Start 2014-01-01
Country United States
State New Jersey
Other Geospatial Barnegat Bay
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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