USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1980-020-FA

Other ID: GYRE 80-7; GYRE 80-7a; GYRE 80-7b

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): John M. Aaron

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Conduct seismic reflection studies of selected areas of the continental slope and upper continental rise off the New England and Middle Atlantic states.


Start Date: 1980-08-06

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1980-08-23

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, Sparker system, Teledyne 28420 hydrophone, SEI streamer with 40 MD5 hydrophones, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C, Air gun, Echosounder

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 2,508 km each of 3.5 kHz, minisparker and airgun data collected in Georges Bank (Lydonia Canyon to Oceanographer Canyon), Toms-Lindenkohl Canyons, and Wilmington Canyon.

Staff: John M. Aaron, Janet B. Burke, Cathy Cashman, Kathryn Scanlon Catanach, James E. Dodd, John C., Jr. Hampson, Kathleen Kent, David Mason, David Nichols, Dennis W. O'Leary, Richard E. Sylwester, Arnold O. Tanner

Affiliate Staff:
Robert M. Douthart; James A. Buss; James L. Howley

Notes: These studies are part of continuing BLM-supported USGS investigations of the geomorphology, shallow structure, and processes of rapid mass wasting on the continental slope, and related hazards to development of offshore oil and gas resources. Original Center People field contained: John Aaron, Chief Scientist; Dennis W. O'Leary; Richard Sylwester; James E. Dodd; Kathleen M. Kent; Kathy Scanlon; Katharine V. Cashman; David H. Mason; John C. Hampson; Dave Nichols; Janet B. Burke; Robert M. Douthart; James A. Buss; Arnold O. Tanner; James L. Howley.
Project = North and Middle Atlantic Environmental Assessment, North and Middle Atlantic Environmental Assessment


Georges Bank, Toms Canyon, Lindenkohl Canyon, Wilmington Canyon, continental slope and rise, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 40.4 South: 38 West: -73.75 East: -67.3


photo of Gyre



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
1980-020-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( 3.5K) for lines )
Sparker system --- Sparker
Teledyne 28420 hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
SEI streamer with 40 MD5 hydrophones --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
1980-020-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of )
1980-020-FA-SE-003 ( analog tape of seismic data)
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
1980-020-FA-LN-002 ( Digital tape(s) of NV, BT, )
1980-020-FA-LN-001 ( Navigation trackline plot for field activity 80020)
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Echosounder --- Single Beam
1980-020-FA-BA-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV, BT, )