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Sea-floor character and sedimentary processes of Block Island Sound, offshore Rhode Island

August 7, 2012

Gridded multibeam bathymetry covers approximately 634 square kilometers of sea floor in Block Island Sound. Although originally collected for charting purposes during National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hydrographic surveys H12009, H12010, H12011, H12015, H12033, H12137, and H12139, these combined acoustic data and the sea-floor sediment sampling and photography stations subsequently occupied to verify them during U.S. Geological Survey cruise 2011-006-FA (1) show the composition and terrain of the seabed, (2) provide information on sediment transport and benthic habitat, and (3) are part of an expanding series of studies that provide a fundamental framework for research and management activities (for example, wind farms and fisheries) along the Rhode Island inner continental shelf.

Publication Year 2012
Title Sea-floor character and sedimentary processes of Block Island Sound, offshore Rhode Island
DOI 10.3133/ofr20121005
Authors L. J. Poppe, W. W. Danforth, K. Y. McMullen, M.A. Blankenship, K.A. Glomb, D.B. Wright, S. M. Smith
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2012-1005
Index ID ofr20121005
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center