About the Geonarrative
The U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (USGS SPCMSC) Geologic Core and Sample Database was established to catalog and preserve geologic materials and their metadata. This geonarrative explores the history of geologic sampling at the USGS SPCMSC, why and how this database was developed, and where the database can be accessed. The USGS SPCMSC has been involved in research collecting coral, coral reef, limestone, and sediment cores and samples from around the world since the 1970s — over 50 years! The USGS and partners study these cores to understand the geomorphological and climatic history of the Nation’s coastal and marine environments. The USGS SPCMSC recognized the importance and need to catalog and preserve all this information about the center's geologic materials. Thus, SPCMSC Geologic Core and Sample Database was established. The center’s data management group maintains an online web mapping application containing a copy of the SPCMSC Geologic Core and Sample Database, known as the SPCMSC Geologic Core and Sample Viewer.