Field Activity Details for field activity 1972-001-FA

Other ID: Phases I and II

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Robert N. Oldale, John S. Schlee

Affiliate Investigator(s): Massachusetts DNR-Division of Mineral Resources; C.F. Willett - Raytheon

Information Specialist(s): Nancy K. Soderberg

Data Type(s): Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Bubble Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Single Beam, Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: This survey was undertaken to establish if exploitable aggregate resources exist in Massachusetts waters. A reconnaissance survey of the area from Cape Ann to Brant Rock between the 40 and 150 foot contours was conducted using sub-bottom profiling and sidescan sonar to ascertain the general geologic conditions. Following the reconnaissance survey, a detailed survey and physical sampling operations were conducted to delineate potential areas of economic aggregate deposits using acoustical methods, grab sampling, and bottom photography.


Start Port/Location: Scituate, MA

End Port/Location:

Start Date: 1972-05-02

End Date: 1972-05-24

Equipment Used: Grab sampler - Shipek, Single channel hydrophone, EG&G 234, EG&G Mark 1A sidescan sonar, Raytheon DE-719 precision echo sounder, LORAC type B radiolocation system

Information to be Derived: Grain size analysis; Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Cruise conducted by Raytheon Company under contract to MA Div. of Mineral Resources with no USGS ship-board presence. Bob Oldale and John Schlee provided planning and evaluation of samples and seismic survey data. Data: Bottom photos: 103; Shipek grab samples: 66; Uniboom data: 500 miles; Sidescan sonar; Bathymetry (unprocessed).

Staff: Robert N. Oldale, John S. Schlee

Affiliate Staff:
Raytheon: David O. Cook - geologist
David Bell - geologist
L. C. Britton - survey engineer
S. Sternberg - survey tech.; Mass. Division of Mineral Resources: Robert Blumberg
Richard Wilkins
Joseph Jackimovicz; Alpine Geophysical: B. Brasher
Nav. party chief - LORAC service; Sea Tech
Inc.: W. Wood - photography tech.

Notes: Cruise was conducted by Raytheon Company Submarine Signal Division under contract to the Massachusetts Division of Mineral Resources to delineate potential areas of economic deposits of sand and gravel. No USGS ship-board presence; Bob Oldale and John Schlee provided planning and evaluation of samples and seismic survey data.
Project = MA Coastal Mineral Inventory, MA Coastal Mineral Inventory


Cape Ann Light to Brant Rock, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.55 South: 42.05 West: -70.95 East: -70.45


Walter E. Phipps


Oldale, R.N., and Bick, Jennifer, 1987, Maps and seismic profiles showing geology of the inner continental shelf, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts: URL:, download PDF.

Setlow, L., 1972, Summary of the Massachusetts Coastal Mineral Inventory Survey: , Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources. , 46 p., download PDF.

Willett, C.F., 1972, Final report of Massachusetts Coastal Mineral Inventory Survey to the Director of Mineral Resources, Department of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: , Oceanographic and Environmental Services, Raytheon Company, Submarine Signal Division, Portsmouth, RI. 189 p., download PDF.


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Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
EG&G 234 --- Boomer
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1972-001-FA-SE-002 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( UNI) for lines )
1972-001-FA-SE-001-01 ( 94 SEG-Y merged files.)
1972-001-FA-SE-001-02 ( Scanned raw record sections: 89 scanned raw seismic record sections in TIFF format.)
1972-001-FA-SE-001-03 ( Scanned cropped record sections: 101 scanned cropped seismic record sections in TIFF format.)
1972-001-FA-SE-001 ( Seismic bottom profiles: 500 miles of Uniboom data collected along 79 track lines.)
SEGY data ( )
1972-001-FA-SE-003 ( microfilm of LINES 201-241 *LABELED SSS IS UNI & VICE VERSA)
EG&G Mark 1A sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
1972-001-FA-SO-001 ( microfilm of LINES 201-241 *LABELED SSS IS UNI & VICE VERSA)
Raytheon DE-719 precision echo sounder --- Single Beam
Grab sampler - Shipek --- Geology
LORAC type B radiolocation system --- Navigation
1972-001-FA-LN-001-01 ( ZIP archive of Drawing 1 Rev. 2 - Track line map with time and sample locations reflecting corrected positions for Phase I Lines 27 through 45 and Phase II Lines 233 through 241 (north of 42 degrees, 25 minutes, 15 seconds N), accurate to approximately +/- 100 feet.)

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program