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X-ray fluorescence and particle surface area data for surface seabed sediments in Jervis Bay, NSW (June and August 2008 and February 2009)

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Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703016221

Title: X-ray fluorescence and particle surface area data for surface seabed sediments in Jervis Bay, NSW (June and August 2008 and February 2009)


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



Geoscience Australia carried out marine surveys in Jervis Bay (NSW) in 2007, 2008 and 2009 (GA303, GA305, GA309, GA312) to map seabed bathymetry and characterise benthic environments through co-located sampling of surface sediments (for textural and biogeochemical analysis) and infauna, observation of benthic habitats using underwater towed video and stills photography, and measurement of ocean tides and wave-generated currents. Data and samples were acquired using the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Research Vessel Kimbla. Bathymetric mapping, sampling and tide/wave measurement were concentrated in a 3x5 km survey grid (named Darling Road Grid, DRG) within the southern part of the Jervis Bay, incorporating the bay entrance. Additional sampling and stills photography plus bathymetric mapping along transits was undertaken at representative habitat types outside the DRG. This 128 sample data set comprises major, minor and trace elements derived from x-ray fluorescence analysis of surface seabed sediments (~0-2 cm). Sediment surface area data are also presented.

ANZLIC search words:

  • MARINE Surveys

Spatial domain:

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Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 150.6773 -35, 150.78 -35, 150.78 -35.13, 150.6773 -35.13, 150.6773 -35,

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Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -35 °
South bounding latitude: -35.13 °
East bounding longitude: 150.78 °
West bounding longitude: 150.6773 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 2008-06-23

Ending date: 2009-02-13

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - xls Microsoft Excel spreadsheet Excel GDA94
Available format type:
DIGITAL - xls Microsoft Excel spreadsheet Excel GDA94

Access constraints:

This material is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence.

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Data quality


Bottom sediments were collected using a small Shipek type grab sampler.This device can collect an intact sample of sediment up to 5 cm by 12 cm in area and 5 cm thick. Upon triggering, the grab immediately covers the sample, which prevents wash-out of fine sediment during retrieval to the surface. The surface sediments (~0-2 cm) within the grab were spooned into falcon vials and the porewaters were removed by centrifugation (9000 rpm; 5 minutes). The samples were then frozen for transport to the laboratories at Geoscience Australia where they were freeze-dried and ground in a PSZ mill, after first removing a sub-sample (unground) for surface area analysis. Major and trace elements were determined by X-ray fluorescence at Geoscience Australia using a Phillips PW204 4kW sequential spectrometer. Surface areas were determined using a 5-point Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) adsorption isotherm on a Quantachrome NOVA 2200e analyser, with nitrogen used as the adsorbate. The samples were first cleaned of organic matter by slow heating for 12 hours to 350oC. Negative values in the trace element data indicate that the element was below the indicated level of analytical detection. The data are provided in weight % and ppm.

Positional accuracy:

A C-NAV system was used to provide geographical position with a manufacturer accuracy of 10 cm RMS. However, the instruments may have been dragged by currents such that the readings may deviate from the GIS position.

Attribute accuracy:

moderate (plus/minus 10%)

Logical Consistency:

The same data acquisition procedures and laboratory processing were used for the three surveys that contributed to this dataset.



Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

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Authors:Hughes, M.