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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-221
A Pictorial Survey of the Bedrock Beneath Western Cape Cod, Massachusetts


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This report contains descriptions and ancillary information for 62 bedrock cores, 55 have associated photographs. The cores, which were collected between March 1998 and October 2002, are from wells drilled on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR), Cape Cod, Massachusetts as part of the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence's Installation Restoration Program.


There are three top-level files and three top-level directories contained on this CD-ROM.

The top-level files are:

  1. readme.txt (the ASCII version of this file) - This file contains a description of this CD-ROM and may be viewed or printed by the user with any system program capable of opening an ASCII text file.

  2. index.htm - This file is intended to be the starting point for CD-ROM access. It is written in the Hyper-Text Markup Language utilized by the World Wide Web (WWW) project and must be opened with a WWW browser. Once opened, users may browse the CD-ROM's contents as they would browse pages from the WWW.

  3. capecod.apr - An ArcView 3.3 project file containing the GIS data layers. This file facilitates the viewing of the shapefiles. If a user does not have ArcView available, he/she may access the shapefiles by downloading Environmental Systems Research Institute's (ESRI) ArcExplorer software at no charge from the ESRI website.

The three main directories include:

Directory htmldocs/

This directory contains five directories and sub-directories used to format the HTML files and supporting graphics to allow the user access to the report via any World Wide Web browser. The major sub-directories include the following:

bedrock_potos/ - this directory contains the HTML pages containing the detailed information for the bedrock photographs.

css/ - this directory contains the cascading style sheet used to format the layout of the HTML pages.

icons/ - this directory contains images used as icons in the layout of the various HTML pages.

images/ - this directory contains images used in the HTML page layouts.

photos/ - this directory contains the HTML pages used to present the drilling operation photographs.  This directory also contains a subdirectory with the photographs.

thinsect/ - this directory contains the HTML pages used to present the photomicrograph thin section photographs.

Directory data/

This directory contains three subdirectories that contain the various GIS data layers and appropriate metadata. The sub-directories include the following data:

basemaps/ - basemap data used in the ArcView project file. Basemap data include a general US land and coastline shapefile, town boundaries, the geology of Cape Cod and roads for the GIS project area.

images/ - this directory contains two sub-directories with the bedrock and thin_section photographs, thumbnail representation of the photographs and full-resolution images in zip format archives.

welldata/ - includes the wellsite shapefile data layer along with Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) compliant metadata, and an archive zip file.


This disk has been tested for use on computers having Windows 98/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh operating systems.

Access to the data and information contained in this report was developed using the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) utilized by the World Wide Web (WWW) project. This allows a user to access the information using WWW information browsers (i.e., Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape). To start, open the file 'index.htm' at the top-level directory of this disc with a web browser.

There are Internet links to USGS collaborators and websites included in this report. These links are only accessible if access to the Internet is available when browsing the CD-ROM, and if those linked sites are operatinal.


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