The relationships between sound speed and the more important physical properties of unconsolidated sediments have become known in recent years largely as a result of the studies of Hamilton, 1956; Hamilton et al., 1956; Shumway, 1956, 1958; Nafe and Drake, 1957; Sutton, Berckhemer and Nafe, 1957; and Laughton, 1954, 1957. Thesuite of samples used in this study is larger and more varied than the suites used in any of the earlier studies, and the measurements probably were more carefully taken. A large number of shelf and harbor sediments wereused in addition to sediments from deeper water in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.

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