Chesapeake Bay Maryland Earth Science Study (CBESS)Entry ID: chesapeak_CBESS
Abstract: This is a data table, in comma-delimited, ASCII format, which contains information about selected physical properties, particularly grain size, of 4,255 surficial sediment samples from the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Samples were collected on a 1-km grid by the Maryland Geological Survey between June 1976 and August 1984.
Purpose: One component of the Chesapeake Bay Earth Science Study (CBESS) was a baseline inventory of Chesapeake Bay bottom sediments, particularly of those properties or features (e.g. sediment type, water content, sulfur content, carbon content) that affect the distribution of toxic substances. The project, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was a cooperative effort between the states of Maryland and Virginia. The Maryland Geological Survey and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science were responsible for sampling and analyzing sediments deposited in the waters of their respective states. Information contained in this data set is for Maryland only.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Maryland Geological Survey
Dataset Title: CBESS: Physical Properties of Surficial Sediments, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
Dataset Release Date: 1999-07-09
Dataset Release Place: Baltimore, MD USA
Dataset Publisher: MGS
Data Presentation Form: map/data tableOnline Resource: http://www.mgs.md.gov/coastal/data/baysedata.html
Start Date: 1976-06-01Stop Date: 1984-08-01
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT > WATER MANAGEMENT
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > SURFACE WATER PROCESSES/MEASUREMENTS > HYDROPATTERN
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > SURFACE WATER FEATURES > WATER CHANNELS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > SURFACE WATER PROCESSES/MEASUREMENTS > WATER DEPTH
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > DISSOLVED SOLIDS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > ORGANIC MATTER
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > SUSPENDED SOLIDS
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > BEACHES
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > ESTUARIES
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > SEDIMENTATION
OCEANS > MARINE SEDIMENTS
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > CARBON
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > ORGANIC CARBON
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Consider the age of the data (1976-1984), the sampling density
(1-km grid) and the spatial and temporal variability of
estuarine sediments in evaluating the fitness for use of this
data set. Graphic displays and printed tabular listings derived
from this data set may be used in publications and
... presentations, provided that credit is given to the originators
of the data set (see Section 1.1 Citation). The Maryland
Geological Survey (MGS) makes no warranty, either express or
implied, as to the use or appropriateness of the data, and there
are no warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular
purpose or use. MGS may not be subject to liability for human
error, defect, or failure of machines, or any material used in
connection with the machines, including tapes, disks, punch card
and energy. MGS may not be liable for any lost profits,
consequential damages, or claims against the user by third
Distribution Media: Electronic
Distribution Format: ASCII
Cuthbertson, R.H., ed., 1987, Chesapeake Bay Earth Science Atlas Nos. 1,2, (No. 1: Head of Chesapeake Bay; No. 2: Approaches to Baltimore Harbor): Baltimore, MD, Maryland Geological Survey.
Kerhin, R.T., ed., 1980, Chesapeake Bay Earth Science Atlas No. 3: Eastern Bay and South River: Baltimore, MD, Maryland Geological Survey.
Halka, J.P., ed., 1982, Chesapeake Bay Earth Science Atlas No. ... 4: Choptank River and Herring Bay: Baltimore, MD, Maryland Geological Survey.
Halka, J.P., and Wells, D.V., eds., 1982, Chesapeake Bay Earth Science Atlas No. 5: Patuxent River and Vicinity: Baltimore, MD, Maryland Geological Survey.
Kerhin, R.T., Halka, J.P., Wells, D.V., Hennessee, E.L., Blakeslee, P.J., Zoltan, N., and Cuthbertson, R.H., 1988, The Surficial Sediments of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland: Physical Characteristics and Sediment Budget: Baltimore, MD, Maryland Geological Survey Report of Investigations No. 48, 82 p.
Hennesse, E.L, Blakeslee, P.J., and Hill, J.M., 1986, The distributions of organic carbon and sulfur in surficial sediments of the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay: Jour. Sed. Pet., v. 56, no. 5, p. 674-683.
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DIF Creation Date: 2002-06-24
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23