This product provides a benthic habitat classification
manual and geospatial data of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands for the coastal resource management community.
This Web page provides general operating instructions for
using and accessing the associated software, data, and maps,
and obtaining additional information regarding this project.
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ISO Disc Image
Some CD burning programs can copy the contents of a CD-ROM
to an image file and re-create the CD from that image file.
These files are called ISO disc image files. There are many
ISO standards. In this case we're talking about the ISO
9660 format used by almost all CD-ROMs of Windows, Mac,
Unix, and so on. It is sometimes called the High Sierra
format. You can create your own copy of the CD-ROM version
of this product by downloading the ISO disc image link below.
The disc image file has been zipped and is approximately
440MB, so may take a long time to download, depending on
your internet connection speed.
Once you have downloaded the zip file, extract the disc
image, open your CD burning software and look for an option
to "Create CD from CD Image...". Select the ISO
disc image file that you just downloaded, insert a blank
CD, and then start the burning process. Depending on your
software set-up you may be able to simply double-click on
the ISO disc image and it will launch your CD burning software.
You can download a copy of the ISO disc image by filling
out this form.
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How to Order
CD's are available at no cost. Once order requests are
received, CD's will be packaged and distributed in 1-2 weeks.
Thank you for your interest in the Biogeography Branch's benthic
You can order a copy of the CD-ROM by filling out this
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For those users with ArcView GIS software installed on
their computers, there are ArcView shapefiles included with
this product. In order for the user to view the aerial photo
mosaics (MrSID files), the user needs ArcView 3.1® or higher
and the "MrSID Image Support" Extension turned on.
Adobe® Acrobat PDF Reader®
The Classification Manual is offered in portable document
format (PDF) and is located in Project Methods. Adobe Acrobat
Reader is free software that allows you to view, navigate
within, and print PDF files across major computing platforms.
The PDF document in this product is best viewed using Adobe®
Acrobat Reader® version 4.0 or higher. A copy of version
5.0, the Microsoft® Windows® compatible software
is included. For information on installation of this software,
go to the Installing Adobe® Acrobat
Reader® Software page.
To learn more about Adobe Acrobat Reader or to download the software,
Adobe Home Page.
To allow us to include a large amount of data with this
product, many of the data sets have been compressed using
PKZIP®. This software package is available on the Internet
at this site: http://www.pkware.com/
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NOAA National Ocean Service
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
1305 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 713-3028 *144
Fax: (301) 713-4388
DISCLAIMER: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Coastal Services Center produced this data product using
data originated by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean
Science (NCCOS). Neither the NOAA Coastal Services Center
nor NCCOS Biogeography Program guarantees the accuracy of
the geographic features or attributes. Please see the metadata
records for each data set for complete information on the
source, limitations, and proper use.