USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1980-016-FA

Other ID: NEE-80-1

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: western Rhode Island Sound, eastern Narragansett Bay to Block Island, Rhode Island, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

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

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Sidescan

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Define geology and shallow structure of western Rhode Island Sound. Identify and map potential geologic hazards. Determine geologic framework and Quaternary development of this part of Atlantic Inner Continental Shelf. Select sites for possible coring during summer 1981. Complement similar data and findings of this office in eastern Rhode Island Sound.


Start Date: 1980-07-09

Start Port/Location: Cataumet, MA

End Date: 1980-10-03

End Port/Location: Cataumet, MA

Equipment Used: EG&G 234, Edo Western Sidescan and 2.5 kHz sub-bottom system, Loran-C, Single channel hydrophone

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Leg 1: July 9-17, 1980; Leg 2: Sep. 29 - Oct. 3, 1980. High-resolution sub-bottom profiles: 580 km; Sidescan sonar sonographs: 580 km.

Staff: Sandra Conley, Frank W. Jennings, Paul Loud, Sally Needell, Charles J. O'Hara, George B. Tirey

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Chuck O'Hara - Ch. Sci.; Frank Jennings - ET, Paul Loud - boat operator, Sally Wood-Needell - geologist (July 9-17, 1980), Rusty Tirey - Marine ops (Sep. 29 - Oct. 3, 1980), Sandra Conley - geologist (Sep. 29 - Oct. 3, 1980).
Project = Coastal, Estuarine and Lacustrine Studies, Coastal, Estuarine and Lacustrine Studies

Location Map:


photo of Neecho


(Single Channel seismic) McMullen, K.Y., Poppe, L.J., and Soderberg, N.K., 2009, Digital seismic-reflection data from Western Rhode Island Sound, 1980: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1002

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
EG&G 234 --- Boomer
Edo Western Sidescan and 2.5 kHz sub-bottom system --- Sub Bottom Profiler
1980-016-FA-SO-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of sidescan sonar data for lines )
1980-016-FA-SO-002 ( microfilm of *800929-801002)
Loran-C --- Navigation
1980-016-FA-LN-001-03 ( Track map, Legs 1 and 2, July and Sept. - Oct. 1980.)
1980-016-FA-LN-001-01 ( Generalized track map, Leg 1, July 1980.)
1980-016-FA-LN-001-02 ( Field track map, Leg 2, Sept. - Oct. 1980.)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1980-016-FA-SE-001 ( film collection of )
1980-016-FA-SE-003-03 ( 19 record sections for Lines 1-4, 10, 11, and 15-19, collected Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 1980.)
1980-016-FA-SE-003-01 ( Collection dates, Julian dates and file names for data collected during Legs 1 and 2, including Lines 1-19.)
1980-016-FA-SE-003-04 ( Data converted from analog to SEGY)
1980-016-FA-SE-003-02 ( 37 record sections for Lines 1-15, collected July 9-15, 1980.)
1980-016-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of *800929-801002)