USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1979-021-FA

Other ID: 67

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): Environmental Data: CTD, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Boomer, Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Single Beam, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: This cruise was part of a continuing study of currents and sediment transport on the United States East Coast Continental Shelf. Objectives were to: recover 1 tripod and 3 current moorings; deploy 4 tripods and 3 current moorings; repair/replace surface buoys; obtain grab samples at mooring locations, obtain gravity cores at selected sites; conduct temperature/salinity surveys and collect suspended matter samples for talc analyses; and conduct a sidescan survey of large-scale bedforms on Georges Bank.


Start Date: 1979-08-06

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1979-08-13

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: Plessey CTD, Smith-MacIntyre grab, Corer - gravity, Klein 531 sidescan, Boomer, Camera- deep sea, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C, Single channel hydrophone, 12 kHz, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Suspended sediment concentrations; Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 4; Georges Bank: #171 (deployed FA 79002 OCEANUS 56 Mar. 6-15, 1979); 174 and 175 (both deployed FA 79004 OCEANUS 58 Mar. 27-29, 1979); Mid-Atlantic: #172 (deployed FA 79002 OCEANUS 056 Mar. 6-15, 1979). Moorings deployed: 7; Georges Bank: #176 (recovered FA 79035 OCEANUS 77 Dec. 13-20, 1979); 178 (recovered FA 80001 WHITEFOOT Jan. 3-23, 1980); 181 and 182 (both recovered FA 79035 OCEANUS 77 Dec. 13-20, 1979); Mid-Atlantic: #177 (recovered FA 80001 WHITEFOOT Jan. 3-23, 1980), 179 (recovered FA 79035 OCEANUS 77 Dec. 13-20, 1979), 180 (recovered FA 80001 WHITEFOOT Jan. 3-23, 1980, surface buoy gone, mooring lost). Klein Sidescan, Uniboom survey: Georges Shoal, Little Georges, Great South Channel; Hydrographic stations: 59; XBT: 28; CTD: 23; Surface salinity: 47; Grab samples: 12; Gravity cores: 3; Suspended matter (talc): 15.

Staff: Bradford Butman, Mary E. Hastings, John Moody, Carol M. Parmenter, Stephanie Pfirman, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle, John West, Marlene Noble

Affiliate Staff:
Jim Howley
Nicholas Lefteriou; James Willingham - USGS-Corpus Christi

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Brad Butman - Ch. Sci.; Jim Howley, Nicholas Lefteriou, John Moody, Marlene Noble, Carol Parmenter, Stephanie Pfirman, Richard Rendigs, Polly Shoukimas, William Strahle, John West.


Mid-Atlantic Shelf, Mud Patch, Georges Bank, Georges Shoal, Little Georges, Great South Channel, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.25 South: 38.3 West: -74.25 East: -66.8


photo of Oceanus


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Plessey CTD --- CTD
Smith-MacIntyre grab --- Biology
1979-021-FA-SC-002 ( CORE, GRAB samples)
Corer - gravity --- Geology
1979-021-FA-SC-001 ( CORE, GRAB samples)
Klein 531 sidescan --- Sidescan
1979-021-FA-SO-001 ( microfilm of W/NAV)
Boomer --- Boomer
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1979-021-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 179; 19780808-19791219)
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
1979-021-FA-LN-002-01 ( Navigation data)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1979-021-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of W/NAV)
12 kHz --- Single Beam
1979-021-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( 12K) for lines )
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1979-021-FA-OM-001 ( Georges Bank Sediment mooring data)