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Kristen St. John, Caroline Robinson, Ben Suranovic, and Cari Rand, James Madison University

Overview:  This exercise uses empirical data and Google Earth to explore the surficial distribution of marine sediments in the modern ocean. Over 4000 sites are plotted with access to original data. An associated student exercise has 3 parts:

  1. A First Look at Marine Sediments
  2. Exploring the Distribution of Marine Sediment Types on the Sea Floor
  3. Refining Your Hypotheses  on Biogenic Marine Sediment Distributions



Audience: Intended for use in undergraduate Oceanography, Marine Geology, Paleoceanography, and Sedimentology Courses.

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References and Acknowledgements:

  • Data used in this exercise comes from the following research programs and databases:
  • Development of this exercise is supported by the NSF-funded GEODE project.
  • This exercise supplements and compliments an NSF-funded exercise on Seafloor Sediments ( , which is an open-access chapter from St. John, K., et al., (2012) Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History: Inquiry-based Exercises for Lab and Class. Wiley-Blackwell, 485p.
  • Development of this exercise has greatly benefited from assistance by Cari Rand and Mladen Dordevic, James Madison University.