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Sedimentologic Data from Point aux Chenes Marsh and Estuary, Mississippi

July 8, 2021

Sediment samples, including marsh and estuarine surface samples and marsh push and peat-auger cores, were collected from Point aux Chenes, Mississippi from October 23-26, 2018, and August 4, 2021. Marsh surface samples (top 1 centimeter (cm) of sediment; sample names appended with S), marsh push cores (core names appended with M) and peat-auger cores (core names appended with R) were collected along 50-meter (m) shore perpendicular transects identified as sites 5, 6, 7, and 9. All samples in the dataset are referred to by alternate field activity number (FAN) 18CCT09 (FAN 2018-358-FA) or alternate FAN 21CCT02 (FAN 2021-320-FA). Estuarine PONAR grab samples (sample names appended with G), marsh surface samples, and push cores were collected and brought back for sedimentological analyses including dry bulk density, organic content, grain-size for the development of a sedimentological baseline, and gamma spectroscopy for the development of geochronologies. Peat augers were described for depth to peat and discarded in the field. Sediment samples are part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center's (SPCMSC) Estuarine-MaRsh Geology (EMRG) and Sea-level and Storms Impacts on Estuarine Environments and Shorelines (SSIEES) research projects. The SSIEES and EMRG projects study how and where short- and long-term marsh and estuarine coastal process interact to identify and evaluate geologic and geomorphic influences on marshes under different storm and sea-level scenarios, determine marsh-upland boundary change rates, and calculate sediment accumulation and erosion rates.

Note: This data release was revised on August 2, 2021, and versioned on August 23, 2023. Please see the Suggested Citation section on the data release webpage for more details

Publication Year 2021
Title Sedimentologic Data from Point aux Chenes Marsh and Estuary, Mississippi
DOI 10.5066/P9XYDHFZ
Authors Alisha M Ellis, Christopher G Smith, Joseph M Vargas, Cheyenne S Everhart
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center