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Surficial sediment character of the Louisiana offshore continental shelf region: A GIS Compilation

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The following references contain basic textural data, discuss sea-floor sediment distribution, or relate to sediment classification schemes in the Louisiana offshore region. Some of the references appear in the preceding text, while others are included to make readers aware of available information.

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Brooks, G.R., Kindinger, J., Penland, S., Williams S.J., and McBride, R.A., 1995, East Louisiana continental shelf sediments; a product of delta reworking: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 11, no. 4, p. 1026-1036.

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Buffler, R.T. and Thomas, W.A., 1994, Crustal structure and evolution of the southeastern margin of North America and the Gulf of Mexico basin, in Speed, R.C, ed., Phanerozoic evolution of North American continent-ocean transitions: Geological Society of America, CTV-1, p. 219-264.

Byrne, J.V., LeRoy, D.O., and Riley, C.M, 1959, The chenier plain and its stratigraphy, southwestern Louisiana: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 9, p. 261-270.

Coleman, J.M., and Gagliano, S.M., 1964, Cyclic sedimentation in the Mississippi River deltaic plain: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 14, p. 67-80.

Coleman, J.M. and Prior, D.B., 1980, Deltaic sand bodies: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Continuing Education Course: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 171 p.

Coleman, J.M, 1981, Deltas: Processes of Deposition and Models for Exploration, Burgess, 124 p.

Coleman, J.M.; Prior, D.B., and Lindsay, J.F., 1983, Deltaic influences on shelf edge instability processes, in Stanley, D.J. and Moore, G.T., eds., The shelfbreak; critical interface on continental margins: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, p. 121-137.

Coleman, J.M., 1988, Dynamic changes and processes in the Mississippi River delta: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 100, p. 999-1015.

Coleman, J.M., Roberts, H.H., and Bryant, W.R., 1991, Late Quaternary sedimentation, in Salvador, A., ed., The Gulf of Mexico Basin: Geological Society of America, p. 325-352.

Coleman, J.M., Roberts H.H., and Stone, G.W, 1998, Mississippi River delta; an overview: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 14, no. 3, p. 698-716.

Curray, J.R., 1960, Sediments and history of Holocene transgression, continental shelf, northwest Gulf of Mexico, in Shepard, F.P., Phleger F.B., and Van Andel, T.H., eds., Recent Sediments, Northwestern Gulf of Mexico: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, p. 221-236.

Fairbanks, R.G., 1989, A 17,000-year glacio-eustatic sea level record; influence of glacial melting rates on the Younger Dryas event and deep-ocean circulation: Nature, v. 342, p. 637-642.

Fisk, H.N., 1944, Geologic investigations of the alluvial valley of the lower Mississippi River, Vicksburg, Mississippi: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Mississippi River Commission, 78 p.

Fisk, H.N., Kolb, C.R., McFarlan, E. Jr., and Wilbert, L.J. Jr., 1954, Sedimentary framework of the modern Mississippi delta, Louisiana: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 24, p. 76-99.

Fisk, H.N. and McFarlan, E. Jr., 1955, Late Quaternary deltaic deposits of the Mississippi River: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 62, p. 279-302.

Fisk, H.N., 1955, Sand facies of recent Mississippi delta deposits: Proceedings of the 4th World Petroleum Congress, Section 1, Rome, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, International, p. 377-398.

Fisk, H.N. and McClelland, B., 1959, Geology of continental shelf off Louisiana; its influence on offshore foundation design: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 70, p. 1360-1394.

Fisk, H.N., 1961, Bar-finger sands of the Mississippi delta, in Geometry of sandstone bodies. Proceedings of the Symposium at the 45th annual meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, p. 29-52.

FitzGerald, D., Kulp, M.A., Penland, S., Flocks, J., and Kindinger, J., 2004, Morphologic and stratigraphic evolution of muddy ebb-tidal deltas along a subsiding coast; Barataria Bay, Mississippi River delta: Sedimentology v. 51, no.6, p. 1157-1178.

Flocks, J.G., Ferina, N.F., Dreher, C., Kindinger, J.L., Fitz Gerald, D.M., and Kulp, M.A., 2006, High-resolution stratigraphy of a Mississippi subdelta-lobe progradation in the Barataria Bight, north-central Gulf of Mexico: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 76, p. 429-443.

Folk, R.L., 1954, The distinction between grain size and mineral composition in sedimentary rock nomenclature: Journal of Geology, v. 62, no. 4, p. 344-359.

Folk, R.L., 1974, The petrology of sedimentary rocks: Austin, Tex., Hemphill Publishing Co., 182 p.

Frazier, D.E., 1967, Recent deltaic deposits of the Mississippi River; their development and chronology: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 27, p. 287-315.

Frazier, D.E., 1974, Depositional episodes: their relationship to the Quaternary stratigraphic framework in the northwestern portion of the Gulf basin: Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Circular 74-1, 28 p.

Galloway, W.E., Bebout, D.G., Fisher, W.L., Dunlap, J.B., Cabrera - Castro, R., Lugo - Rivera, J.E., and Scott, T.M., 1991, Cenozoic, in Salvador, A, ed., The Gulf of Mexico Basin: Geological Society of America, p. 245-324.

Gould, H.R. and McFarlan, E. Jr., 1959, Geologic history of the chenier plain, south-western Louisiana: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 9, p. 261-270.

Kindinger, J., Penland, S., Williams, S.J., and Suter, J.R., 1989, Inner shelf deposits of the Louisiana-Mississippi-Alabama region, Gulf of Mexico: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 39, p. 413-420.

Kindinger, J.L., Penland, S., Williams. S.J., Brooks, G.R., Suter, J.R., and McBride, R.A., 1991, Late Quaternary geologic framework, north-central Gulf of Mexico, in N.C. Kraus, K.C. Gingrich, and D.L. Kriebel, eds., Coastal Sediments ' 91: American Society of Civil Engineers v. 1. p. 1096-1110.

Kolb, C.R. and Van Lopik, J.R., 1966, Depositional environments of the Mississippi River deltaic plain, southeastern Louisiana, in Shirley, M.L. and Ragsdale, J.A., eds., Deltas, Texas Geological Society, p. 17-62.

Krawiec, W., 1966, Recent sediments of the Louisiana inner continental shelf, Rice University. doctoral thesis, 139 p.

Kulp, M.A., Howell, P., Adiau, S., Penland, S., Kindinger, J.L., and Williams, S.J., 2002, Latest Quaternary stratigraphic framework of the Mississippi River delta region: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 52, p. 573-82.

Kulp, M., Penland, S., Williams, S. J., Jenkins, C., Flocks, J., and Kindinger, J., 2005, Geological framework, evolution, and sediment resources for restoration of the Louisiana coastal zone: Journal Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 44, p. 56-71.

List, J., Jaffe, B.E., Sallenger, A.J. Jr., Williams, S.J., McBride, R.A., Penland, S., Hopkins, D., and Wilson, J.O. Jr., 1994, Louisiana barrier island erosion study, atlas of sea-floor changes from 1878 to 1989: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations I-2150-B, 81 p.

Ludwick, J.C., 1964, Sediments in northeastern Gulf of Mexico, in Papers in Marine Geology: Shepard Commemorative Volume, New York, Macmillan, p. 204-238.

Mann, J.C., and Thomas, W.A., 1968, The ancient Mississippi River: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 18, p. 187-204.

McFarlan, E. Jr., 1961, Radiocarbon dating of late Quaternary deposits, south Louisiana: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 72, p. 129-157.

McFarlan, E. Jr. and LeRoy, D.O., 1988, Subsurface geology of the late Tertiary and Quaternary deposits, coastal Louisiana and the adjacent continental shelf: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 38, p. 421-433.

Penland, S. and Boyd, R., 1981., Shoreline changes on the Louisiana barrier coast, Oceans '81, p. 209-229.

Penland, S., Boyd, R., and Suter, J.R., 1988, Transgressive depositional systems of the Mississippi delta plain; a model for barrier shoreline and shelf sand development: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 58, no. 6, p. 932-949.

Penland, S., and Suter, J.R., 1983, Transgressive coastal facies preserved in barrier island arc retreat paths in the Mississippi River delta plain: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 33, p. 367-382.

Penland, S., and Suter, J.R., 1988, Nearshore sand resources in the Eastern Isles Dernieres Barrier Island Arc, Louisiana: Louisiana Geological Survey, Open-File Series 88-08, 14 p.

Penland, S., and Suter, J.R., 1989, The geomorphology of the Mississippi River Chenier plain, Marine Geology v. 90, p. 231-258.

Penland, S., Suter, J.R., McBride, R.A., Williams, S.J., Kindinger, J.L., and Boyd, R., 1989, Holocene sand shoals offshore of the Mississippi River delta plain: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 39, p. 471-480.

Penland, S., Suter, J.R., Ramsey, K., McBride, R.A., Williams, S.J., and Groat, C.G., 1990, Offshore sand resources for coastal erosion control in Louisiana: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 40, p. 721-731.

Penland, S., McBride, R.A., Williams, S.J., Boyd, R., and Suter, J.R., 1991, Effects of sea level rise on the Mississippi River delta plain, in N.C. Kraus, K.C. Gingrich, and D.L. Kriebel, eds., Coastal Sediments '91: American Society of Civil Engineers v. 2, p. 1248-1264.

Penland, S., Wayne, L., Britsch, D., Williams, S.J., Beall, A., and Butterworth, V., 2000a, Geomorphic classification of coastal land loss between 1932 and 1990 in the Mississippi River delta plain, southeastern, Louisiana: USGS Open-File Report 00-417.

Penland, S., Wayne, L., Britsch, D., Williams, S.J., Beall, A., and Butterworth, V., 2000b, Process classification of coastal land loss between 1932 and 1990 in the Mississippi River delta plain, southeastern, Louisiana, USGS Open-File Report 00-418.

Penland, Shea, Beall, Andrew, and Waters, Jeff, eds., 2001, Environmental atlas of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, New Orleans, La., 185 p. Available online at Penland, S., Beall, A., and Kindinger, J., 2002, Environmental atlas of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-206.

Penland, S., Britsch, L. D., Beall, A., and Williams, S. J., 2002, A coastal land loss classification for the Mississippi River delta plain: Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies Transactions, v. 52.

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