This dataset contains short-lived radioisotope (SLRad) data collected aboard R/V Weatherbird II cruise WB-0517 in the Gulf of Mexico from 2017-05-11 to 2017-05-23. SLRad data are generated for selected core sub-samples at 2mm sampling intervals for “surficial unit” and 5mm sampling resolution intervals to the base of cores. SLRad data generated include sample activity as disintegrations per minute per gram(dpm/g) of 1) Excess Thorium-234 (234Thxs) activity, which is calculated by measuring the total Thorium-234 (234ThTot) activity and the subtraction of the measured or estimated “Supported” Thorium-234 (234ThSup) activity, 2) Excess Lead-210 (210Pbxs) activity, which is calculated by measuring the total Lead-210 (210PbTot) activity and subtraction of the measured background "supported" Lead-210 (210PbSup) activity {average of Lead-214 (214Pb) at 295 kiloelectron volts (keV), 214Pb at 351keV, and Bismuth-214 (214Bi) at 609keV}, 3) Cesium-137 (137Cs) activity, and 4) Berilium-7 (7Be) activity. The dataset contains the location, date, water depth of core site in meters (m), core collection date, site identification (ID), core identification (ID), top depth of Interval in millimeters (mm), bottom depth of interval in millimeters (mm), average depth of interval in millimeters (mm), average of top and bottom depths and a variety of SLRad data. The cruise documentation was provided for the R/V Weatherbird II cruise WB-0517, led by chief scientists Dr. Steve Murawski and Dr. David Hollander. This dataset supports the publications: Armenteros, M., Schwing, P. T., Larson, R. A., Díaz-Asencio, M., Martínez-Suárez, A., Fernández-Garcés, R., … Brooks, G. R. (2019). Geochemical and Faunal Characterization in the Sediments off the Cuban North and Northwest Coast. Scenarios and Responses to Future Deep Oil Spills, 147–159. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12963-7_9; and Brooks, G. R., Larson, R. A., Schwing, P. T., Diercks, A. R., Armenteros, M., Diaz-Asencio, M., … Hollander, D. J. (2019). Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Bottom Sediments and Depositional Processes: A Baseline for Future Oil Spills. Scenarios and Responses to Future Deep Oil Spills, 75–95. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12963-7_5.


Data and metadata is made available by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) through a CC0 license in compliance with the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The original dataset landing pages may be accessed at GRIIDC’s dataset monitoring webpage.

Data users are encouraged to contact the originating investigator prior to data use and provide appropriate credit.


Provide age control and sedimentation rates for sediment cores.


Sediment Core, Short-lived Radioisotopes, Geochronology, Sedimentology, benthic, sediment analysis, geological, multicorer, Lead, Thorium, Caesium, Beryllium, Bismuth





Point of Contact

Brooks, Gregg
Eckerd College
College of Marine Science
Natural Sciences Collegium Sheen Science Center, SHA-102
St. Petersburg , FL 33711

Funding Source


Start of Data Collection

May 2017

End of Data Collection

May 2017



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