USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1984-016-FA

Other ID: AT-84-1

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Long Island Sound;Block Island Sound;Narragansett Bay;Rhode Island Sound;New Hampshire coast;

Principal Investigator(s): Gerald Edwards

Affiliate Investigator(s): Ralph S. Lewis - Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Obtain vibracores at selected targets (46) in the coastal waters of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.


Start Date: 1984-09-26

Start Port/Location:

End Date: 1984-10-19

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: Sparker system, Innerspace Technology 25-element hydrophone, Alpine Vibracorer, Loran-C

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Seismic reflection;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Although weather and equipment problems caused some delays, the scientific objectives of each participant were met. Cores: 44.

Staff: Gerald Edwards

Affiliate Staff:
Ralph S. Lewis
Chief Scientist
Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey; Nancy Friedrich
Rhode Island; Francis Birch
New Hampshire

Project = MMS/Coastal States Co-op (14-12-0001-30115), MMS/Coastal States Co-op (14-12-0001-30115)

Location Map:


photo of Atlantic Twin
Atlantic Twin


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, CD-ROM, URL:

Oldale, R.N., and Edwards, Gerald B., 1990, Cores from marine geologic features in the western Gulf of Maine: .

Poppe, L.J., Paskevich, V.F., Lewis, R.S., and DiGiacomo-Cohen, M.L., 2002, Geological framework data from Long Island Sound, 1981-1990; a digital data release: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-002, DVD-ROM, URL:

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sparker system --- Sparker
Innerspace Technology 25-element hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
1984-016-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of MMS-CT-RI-MA-NH COOP)
1984-016-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( SPK) for lines )
Alpine Vibracorer --- Geology
1984-016-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Loran-C --- Navigation