Temporal Changes in Grain Size and Organic-Mineral Aggregates in Surficial Sediments Near the Massachusetts Bay Outfall Site
By Richard R. Rendigs and Michael H. Bothner
Based on U.S. Geological Survey Report 01-499, December 2001
This report summarizes the time-series analyses of grain size distribution and the abundance of organic-mineral aggregates in surface sediments at two monitoring stations near the Massachusetts Bay Outfall. Sediments, especially the finer fractions, can adsorb contaminants from sea water and exert a strong influence on the transport and ultimate distribution of contaminants. Therefore, it is important to know the extent to which sediment characteristics in Massachusetts Bay can change in response both to natural events, such as storms, and to the start of the new sewage outfall.
This report is preliminary and has not been reviewed for conformity with U.S. Geological Survey editorial standards (or with the North American Stratigraphic Code). Any use of trade, product or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey