Other ID: Phases I and II
Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Location: Cape Ann Light to Brant Rock, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;
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 Date: 1972-05-02
Start Port/Location: Scituate, MA
End Date: 1972-05-24
Equipment Used: EG&G 234, Single channel hydrophone, EG&G Mark 1A sidescan sonar, Raytheon DE-719 precision echo sounder, Grab sampler - Shipek, 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
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.
Oldale, R.N., and Bick, Jennifer, 1987, Maps and seismic profiles showing geology of the inner continental shelf, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts: URL: http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/publications/oldale/1987/89840_Oldale1987.pdf, 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.