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Surface-sediment grain-size distributions of the Elwha River delta, Washington, January 2015


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Stevens, A.W., Gelfenbaum, G., Warrick, J.A., Miller, I.M., and Weiner, H.M., 2016, Bathymetry, topography, and sediment grain-size data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, January 2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This portion of the USGS data release presents sediment grain-size data from samples collected on the Elwha River delta, Washington, in January 2015 (USGS Field Activity Number 2015-605-FA). Surface sediment was collected on January 28, 2015, at a total of 61 locations using a small ponar, or 'grab', sampler from the R/V Frontier in water depths between about 1 and 17 m around the delta. A hand-held global satellite navigation system (GNSS) receiver was used to determine the locations of sediment samples. The grain-size distributions of samples were determined in the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center sediment lab. Approximately 20 g of sediment was sub-sampled and 10 mL of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide was added to remove [...]


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Data were obtained to assess the ecosystem response following the removal of two dams on the Elwha River. These data are intended for science researchers, students, policy makers, and the general public.

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