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Physical and chemical properties of San Francisco Bay waters, 1969-1976

January 1, 1994

Basic data on the physical and chemical properties of San Francisco Bay are presented here. Samples were collected over the period 1969-1976 at approximately six-week intervals at 36 stations. The stations were located along the axis of the Bay from Calaveras Point in South San Francisco Bay to the town of Rio Vista on the Sacramento River. On most cruises vertical profiles of the water properties were taken at 12 of the 36 stations. The samples were analyzed for the following core parameters: salinity, temperature, light transmission, chlorophyll a fluorescence, dissolved oxygen, orthophosphate, nitrate+nitrite, nitrite, ammonia, and silicate. Other analyses performed on selected samples included: particulate organic carbon, alkalinity, pH, pCO2, and suspended particulate weight. The results of these analyses and the analytical methods used are documented in this report.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1979
Title Physical and chemical properties of San Francisco Bay waters, 1969-1976
DOI 10.3133/ofr79511
Authors Richard E. Smith, Raynol E. Herndon, Dana D. Harmon
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 79-511
Index ID ofr79511
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization San Francisco Bay-Delta; Pacific Regional Director's Office