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Data report: geology of reef-front carbonate sediment deposits around Oahu, Hawaii

November 1, 2003

This Open-File Report presents data and derivative products from an investigation of carbonate sediment deposits on the reef front in four areas around the island of Oahu, Hawaii - in Kailua Bay off Oahu's windward (east) side, off the leeward (west) coast from Makua to Kahe Point, off the north coast from Waimea to Camp Erdman, and off the south coast around Waikiki (Figure 1). The primary purpose of the investigation was to assess the resource potential of the deposits, particularly as a source of sand for beach nourishment. This work builds on previous studies by researchers from the University of Hawaii (Moberly et al., 1975; Coulbourn et al., 1988; Barry, 1995). The field program included collection of high-resolution acoustic-reflection profiles and vibracore sediment samples in Kailua Bay and off the leeward and north coasts. In a related project, in collaboration with the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources and the University of Hawaii, sidescan images and vibracores were collected in the Halekulani channel and on the adjacent Makua Terrace off Waikiki along the south coast.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2003
Title Data report: geology of reef-front carbonate sediment deposits around Oahu, Hawaii
DOI 10.3133/ofr03441
Authors Monty A. Hampton, Charles T. Blay, Christopher Murray, Laura Z. Torresan, Cathy S. Frazee, Bruce M. Richmond, Charles H. Fletcher
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2003-441
Index ID ofr03441
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center