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Recent Sediments of the Central California Continental Shelf, Pigeon Point to Sand Hills Bluff: Part A -- Introduction and Grain Size Analysis

  • Author(s): Lee, J.
  • Yancey, T.
  • Wilde, Pat
  • et al.
Abstract

The following work is part of a continuing study of the sediments and sedimentary processes of the continental shelf of central Califor nia done in cooperation between the University of California, Berkeley, and the Coastal Engineering Research Center, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sediment analyses of the samples were done at the Univer sity of California, Berkeley, utilizing the facilities of the Depart ments of Civil Engineering and Geology and the Institute of Marine Resources. The results of this study will be presented in three separate reports:

Part A Introduction and Grain Size Data (this volume) Part B Mineralogical Data Part C Interpretation and Summary of Results

The first two reports, Parts A and B, will be presented with little or no interpretation. In Part C the authors' interpretation of the data plus background information and previous work in the study area will be given.

The area covered by this report extends from Pigeon Point in the north to Sand Hill Point in the south. With the completion of this report a complete section of the continental shelf of California from Russian River to Monterey Bay will have been studied. The methods of sediment analysis employed in the overall study are grain size analysis followed by heavy mineral analysis and interpretation.

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