USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1976-048-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: This WHITEFOOT cruise was planned in response to the ARGO MERCHANT oil spill. Objectives were to deploy 1 current meter mooring (#123) and 1 tripod (#121) to determine subsurface flow pattern over Nantucket Shoals to predict and hindcast oil spill trajectories and monitor bottom conditions, particularly to observe any oil sinking to the bottom; and to obtain bottom grab samples at several shallow locations to determine if any oil was reaching the bottom.


Start Date: 1976-12-22

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1976-12-29

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: Grab sampler - Van Veen , Camera- deep sea, Current

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Tripod deployed: 1 (#121 recovered FA 77009 WHITEFOOT Mar. 8 - Apr. 17, 1977); Current meter deployed: 1 (#123 recovered FA 77009 WHITEFOOT Mar. 8 - Apr. 17, 1977); Samples: 2.

Staff: Bradford Butman, David W. Folger, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project = ARGO MERCHANT Oil Spill, ARGO MERCHANT Oil Spill


Nantucket Shoals, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.25 South: 40.9 West: -69.4 East: -69.15


photo of Whitefoot



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1976-048-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 121; 19761228-19970417)
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1976-048-FA-OM-001 ( A moored array deployed after the ARGO MERCHANT ran aground on Nantucket Shoals designed to help understand the fate of the spilled oil)