High-resolution seismic-reflection data from offshore northern California — Bolinas to Sea Ranch

Open-File Report 2016-1058
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The U.S. Geological Survey collected high-resolution seismic-reflection data in September 2009, on survey S-8-09-NC, offshore of northern California between Bolinas and Sea Ranch.

The survey area spans about 125 km of California’s coast and extends around Point Reyes. Data were collected aboard the U.S. Geological Survey R/V Parke Snavely. Cumulatively, ~1,150 km of seismic-reflection data were acquired using a SIG 2mille minisparker. Subbottom acoustic depth of penetration spanned tens to several hundred meters and varied by location and underlying sediments and rock types.

This report includes maps and a navigation file of the surveyed transects, utilizing Google Earth™ software, as well as digital data files showing images of each transect in SEG-Y and JPEG formats. The images of bedrock, sediment deposits, and tectonic structure provide geologic information that is essential to hazard assessment, regional sediment management, and coastal and marine spatial planning at Federal, State and local levels. This information is also valuable for future research on the geomorphic, sedimentary, tectonic, and climatic record of central California.

Suggested Citation

Sliter, R.W., Johnson, S.Y., Chin, J.L., Allwardt, P., Beeson, J., and Triezenberg, P.J., 2016, High-resolution seismic-reflection data from offshore of northern California—Bolinas to Sea Ranch: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1058, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161058.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Data Acquisition and Processing
  • Survey Map
  • Data Tables
  • Figures
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Metadata
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title High-resolution seismic-reflection data from offshore northern California — Bolinas to Sea Ranch
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1058
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161058
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description HTML Document
Country United States
State California
City Bolinas, Sea Ranch
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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