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Mapping the seafloor geology offshore of Massachusetts

June 22, 2006

Geologic and bathymetric maps help us understand the evolutionary history of the Massachusetts coast and the processes that have shaped it. The maps show the distribution of bottom types (for example, bedrock, gravel, sand, mud) and water depths over large areas of the seafloor. In turn, these two fundamental parameters largely determine the species of flora and fauna that inhabit a particular area. Knowledge of bottom types and water depths provides a framework for mapping benthic habitats and managing marine resources. The need for coastal–zone mapping to inform policy and management is widely recognized as critical for mitigating hazards, creating resource inventories, and tracking environmental changes (National Research Council, 2004; U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, 2004).

Citation Information

Publication Year 2006
Title Mapping the seafloor geology offshore of Massachusetts
DOI 10.3133/fs20063042
Authors Walter A. Barnhardt, Brian D. Andrews
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2006-3042
Index ID fs20063042
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Science Center