USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1985-047-FA

Other ID: DJ-85-FI

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William Winters

Affiliate Investigator(s): NOAA

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Determine the suitability of sea floor sediments for radioactive waste disposal.


Start Date: 1985-12-13

Start Port/Location:

End Date: 1985-12-14

End Port/Location:

Equipment Used: Loran-C, Box corer

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Short cores: 6 (3 stations; 2 box cores at each station).


Affiliate Staff:

Notes: No field activity documentation available. Information gleaned from open-file report OFR 87-600 describing analyses on 6 box cores, two taken at each of 3 sites southwest of the Farallon Islands in a dumpsite last used in 1965. Geotechnical tests were performed to determine relative penetrability of the sediment at each site and suitability of sea floor sediments for radioactive waste disposal.


Farallon Islands, California, United States, North America, North Pacific;

North: 37.65 South: 37.45 West: -123.25 East: -123


photo of David Starr Jordan
David Starr Jordan


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: URL:

Winters, W.J., and Booth, James S., 1987, Sediment properties related to prediction of embedment and penetration depth of objects into the seafloor off the Farallon Islands, California: 101 URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Loran-C --- Navigation
1985-047-FA-LN-001 ( Track map with core locations.)
Box corer --- Biology
1985-047-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)