USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1976-021-FA

Other ID: ASTR A-6-76

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Charles J. O'Hara

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Bubble Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Conduct a high-resolution sub-bottom seismic profiling survey in Massachusetts coastal waters south of Cape Cod in Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound. In addition, at the request of the New England Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a Uniboom seismic site survey is to be conducted in eastern Rhode Island Sound over the proposed Browns Ledge Dredge Spoil Dump Site and contiguous areas. Principle objectives include: detailed mapping of geological features, assessment of potential mineral resources, feasibility and enviromental impact studies related to offshore mining of sand and gravel, and environmental considerations relative to offshore disposal of solid waste material.


Start Date: 1976-06-21

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1976-06-30

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: EG&G 234, Del Norte hydrophone, Loran-C

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Uniboom: 560 km (E. Rhode Island Sound: 95 km; Vineyard Sound: 37 km; Nantucket Sound: 426 km).

Staff: Charles J. O'Hara, Robert N. Oldale, Kenneth E. Parolski, Richard E. Sylwester, Wayne Ferrebee, Patricia Forrestel

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Final completion of the Uniboom investigation of Nantucket Sound is slated for October 1976. Original Center People field contained: Chuck O'Hara - Ch. Sci.; Bob Oldale - Geologist; Richard Sylwester - Electronic Technician; Wayne Mac Ferrebee - Geologist; Patricia Forrestel - Physical Science Technician; Kenneth Parolski - Electronic Technician.
Project = Massachusetts Co-op, Massachusetts Co-op


Eastern Rhode Island Sound, Rhode Island, northeast Vineyard Sound, western Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.75 South: 41.25 West: -71.25 East: -70


photo of Asterias


O'Hara, C.J., and Oldale, Robert N., 1980, Maps showing geology and shallow structure of eastern Rhode Island Sound and Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts: 41 URL:, download PDF.

O'Hara, C.J., and Oldale, Robert N., 1987, Maps showing geology, shallow structure, and bedform morphology of Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts: URL:, download PDF.

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Foster, D.S., Blackwood, D.S., Williams, S.J., Ackerman, S.D., Moser, M.S., and Glomb, K.A., 2010, Geological interpretation of the sea floor offshore of Edgartown, Massachusetts: URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
EG&G 234 --- Boomer
Del Norte hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
1976-021-FA-SE-001 ( film collection of )
1976-021-FA-SE-003 ( microfilm of )
1976-021-FA-SE-002-01 ( Line list)
1976-021-FA-SE-002-02 ( Scanned paper seismic records)
Loran-C --- Navigation
1976-021-FA-LN-001-02 ( Composite Nantucket Sound trackline map from ASTERIAS June (FA 76021) and October (FA 76039) 1976 and July (FA 77024) 1977 containing ship movement with times and line numbers.)
1976-021-FA-LN-001-01 ( Trackline map of ship movement with times and line numbers.)