USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1981-008-FA

Other ID: 81-G-6-2; 81-G-5

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Ronald J. Miller

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Gravity, Electro-Magnetic: Magnetics, Environmental Data: Current, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect high-resolution seismics to produce a hazard map and geologic interpretation of study area.


Start Date: 1981-04-18

Start Port/Location: Galveston, TX

End Date: 1981-04-28

End Port/Location: Galveston, TX

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, Air gun, 12 kHz, Sparker system, Marine magnetometer, Gravity meter (wh), Current Drift Bottle, Integrated Navigation System, Single channel hydrophone

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: There were 1500 km of good quality high-resolution seismics and sidescan sonar, 46 grab samples, 40 drift bottle stations, and 75 km of magnetics and gravity.

Staff: James E. Dodd, Barry Irwin, David Mason, David Nichols, Kenneth E. Parolski

Affiliate Staff:
USGS-Corpus Christi: Ron Miller - Co-Ch. Sci.
Jack Kindinger
Linda Massingill - Geol.
Ronnie Wells - Geol.
Betty Reed - Typist
Chuck Stelting - Phy. Sci. Tech.
Doug Owens - Phys. Sci. Tech.

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Barry Irwin - Nav., Jim Dodd - Nav., David Mason - Elec. Tech., Kenneth Parolski - Elec. Tech., Dave Nichols - Elec. Tech.
Project = Louisiana-Mississippi OCS, Louisiana-Mississippi OCS


Mississippi shelf, Louisiana shelf, Gulf of Mexico, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 30.2 South: 28.95 West: -89 East: -88.3


photo of Gyre


Kindinger, J.L., Miller, Ronald J., Stelting, Charles E., and Bouma, Arnold H., 1982, Depositional history of Louisiana-Mississippi outer continental shelf: 59 URL:, download PDF.

Sanford, J.M., Harrison, Arnell S., Wiese, Dana S., and Flocks, James G., 2009, Archive of digitized analog Boomer and Minisparker seismic reflection data collected from the Alabama-Mississippi-Louisiana Shelf during cruises onboard the R/V CARANCAHUA and R/V GYRE, April and July, 1981: URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun
12 kHz --- Single Beam
Sparker system --- Sparker
Marine magnetometer --- Magnetics
Gravity meter (wh) --- Gravity
1981-008-FA-GP-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV-INS, NV,GR, )
Current Drift Bottle --- Current
Integrated Navigation System --- Navigation
1981-008-FA-LN-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV-INS, NV,GR, )
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1981-008-FA-SE-001 ( analog tape of seismic data)