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Surface-sediment grain-size distributions from the Elwha River delta, Washington, September 2013


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Stevens, A.W., Gelfenbaum, G., Warrick, J.A., Miller, I.M., and Weiner, H.M., 2017, Bathymetry, topography, and sediment grain-size data from the Elwha River delta, Washington, September 2013: 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 September 2013 (USGS Field Activity Number W-07-13-PS). Surface sediment was sampled using a small ponar, or 'grab', sampler on September 19, 2013 from the R/V Frontier at a total of 62 locations in water depths between about 1 and 12 m around the delta. An additional 21 sediment samples were collected between September 16 and September 19, 2013 at low tide from intertidal locations on the delta. A handheld 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. [...]


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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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