This dataset contains sediment texture & composition data collected aboard R/V Weatherbird II cruise WB-0517 in the Gulf of Mexico from 2017-05-11 to 2017-05-23. Twelve sites were sampled using a multi-corer between 316 and 1670 m depth around northwest Cuba. Sediment texture and composition 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. Sediment texture values are expressed as % Gravel, % Sand, % Silt and % Clay as calculated by dry weight (g), % Mud can be calculated by combining % Silt and % Clay. Sediment composition is expressed as % TOM (Total Organic Matter) measured by Loss on Ignition (LOI), % Carbonate content measured by acid leaching, and the % Insoluble Residue (IR), which is likely dominated by terrigenous clastic (land-derived) sediment sources. The cruise documentation was provided for the R/V Weatherbird II cruise WB-0517, led by chief scientists Dr. David Hollander and Dr. Steve Murawski. 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.

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Determine if/how sediment texture and composition varies in sediment cores as an indicator of sediment sources and depositional mechanisms.


Sediment Core, Sediment Texture, Sediment Composition, Sedimentology





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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