USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1981-011-FA

Other ID: 81-G-7-2

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Arnold H. Bouma

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Sparker

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect high-resolution seismics and cores for geologic interpretation of sedimentologic processes in a deep-water fan environment.


Start Date: 1981-05-09

Start Port/Location: Venice, LA

End Date: 1981-05-15

End Port/Location: Gulfport, MS

Equipment Used: Air gun, Sparker system, Corer - slow, Box corer, Loran-C, Magnavox satellite positioning system, Gyro compass, Single channel hydrophone

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Using several seismic devices, 1070 km of high-resolution seismics and bathymetry were collected over the Mississippi Fan. In addition, four piston cores, four box cores and a grab sample were collected. Navigation was from the integrated system aboard the R/V GYRE. High-resolution seismics (3.5 kHz)/bathymetry (12 kHz): 1070 km; Piston cores: 4; Box cores: 4; Grab sample: 1.

Staff: Raymond E. Hall, Barry Irwin, Lawrence Poppe

Affiliate Staff:
USGS-Corpus Christi: Arnold Bouma - co-Ch. Sci.
Charles Stelting - co-Ch. Sci.
Ann Martin
Cyndi Rice
George Harrison
Ronald Circe
John Benton
John West; WHOI: Beecher Wooding; U. TX-Austin: Stan Locker; Texas A&M: Billy Green



Mississippi Fan, Gulf of Mexico, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 28 South: 26 West: -90 East: -88


photo of Gyre



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Sparker system --- Sparker
Corer - slow --- Geology
Box corer --- Biology
Loran-C --- Navigation
1981-011-FA-LN-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV-INS, )
Magnavox satellite positioning system --- Navigation
Gyro compass --- Navigation
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1981-011-FA-SE-001 ( analog tape of seismic data)