Other ID: GS-7903-3
Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Location: New England Atlantic outer continental shelf, United States, North America, North Atlantic;
Principal Investigator(s): John M. Aaron
Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Gravity, Electro-Magnetic: Magnetics, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Single Beam
Scientific Purpose/Goals: 1. Determine location, extent, morphology, and internal geometry of mass sediment movement (slumps, slides) on the continental slope off New England using high-resolution geophysical methods (14.5 days). 2. Study and correlate stratigraphy of Jurassic and Cretaceous strata north and south of the New England sea mount chain using geophysical methods (3 days).
Start Date: 1979-06-07
Start Port/Location: Provincetown, MA
End Date: 1979-06-25
End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA
Equipment Used: Air gun, Teledyne single-channel 300-500J 40-tip minisparker, 3.5 kHz, Marine magnetometer, Gravity meter (wh), Integrated Navigation System, Single channel hydrophone, 12 kHz
Information to be Derived: Morphology;
Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Overall data quality is excellent, with good resolution and penetration. The data show much slumping on the continental slope between 500 and 2000 m water depth. Many displaced slump bodies occur near the base of the continental slope and on the upper continental rise. Slump study - 3.5 kHz/Minisparker/40 cu. in. airgun: 3257 km; Deep Stratigraphy - 3.5 kHz/Minisparker/500,160 cu. in. airguns: 775 km; Gravity: 4032 km; Magnetics: 4032 km.
Staff: John M. Aaron, Kathryn Scanlon Catanach, James E. Dodd, David Egelson, John C., Jr. Hampson, Barry Irwin, Kim D. Klitgord, John Larson, David Mason, Valerie Paskevich, Richard E. Sylwester
Notes: Original Center People field contained: John Aaron - Ch. Sci., Richard Sylwester, Kim Klitgord, Gerard McCarthy, Barry Irwin, James Dodd, David Egelson, David Mason, Valerie Paskevich, John Hampson, Kathy Scanlon, John Larson, Robert Douthart.
Bailey, N.G., and Aaron, John M., 1982, High-resolution seismic-reflection profiles collected aboard R/V JAMES M. GILLISS, Cruise GS-7903-3, over the Atlantic continental slope and rise off New England: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 82-718, 2 p., download PDF.
Chaytor, J.D., Twichell, D.C., and ten Brink, U. S., 2012, A reevaluation of the Munson-Nygren-Retriever Submarine Landslide Complex, Georges Bank Lower Slope, Western North Atlantic: In: Y. Yamada et al (Ed.), Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences Book. Springer, doi: DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-2162-3_12,.
Chaytor, J.D., ten Brink, Uri S., Solow, Andrew R., and Andrews, Brian D., 2009, Size distribution of submarine landslides along the U.S. Atlantic margin: Marine Geology, v. 264 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.08.007.
Geist, E.L., Lynett, Patrick J., and Chaytor, Jason D., 2009, Hydrodynamic modeling of tsunamis from the Currituck landslide: Marine Geology, v. 264 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.09.005.
ten Brink, U.S., Barkan, R., Andrews, B.D., and Chaytor, J.D., 2009, Size distributions and failure initiation of submarine and subaerial landslides: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 287 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.07.031.
Twichell, D.C., Chaytor, Jason D., ten Brink, Uri S., and Buczkowski, Brian, 2009, Morphology of late Quaternary submarine landslides along the U.S. Atlantic continental margin: Marine Geology, v. 264 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2009.01.009.