USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1988-003-FA

Other ID: AM1-88

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The purpose of this cruise is to collect sediment cores which will be analyzed for radioisotopes, heavy metals and toxic organic compounds.


Start Date: 1988-05-04

Start Port/Location: Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA

End Date: 1988-05-05

End Port/Location: Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA

Equipment Used: Corer - piston, Grab sampler, Hydroplastic corer, Motorola Falcon IV Microwave relay Mini-Ranger, Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C, Klein 531 sidescan

Information to be Derived: Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 35 samples.

Staff: Michael Bothner, Dave Lubinski, David Nichols, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William Winters

Affiliate Staff:
Thorton Tyson (Alternate); Wayne Trulli (Battelle Labs)

Notes: The information is needed to evaluate the potential of sediments for accumulating contaminants that will be added to Massachusetts Bay through the new ocean outfall. Funds for the sampling and analytical work will be paid to the Survey by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. This cruise is the first opportunity to follow up on our in-house pilot study with outside funding. Information derived from pre-cruise report; no post cruise report found. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Dave Lubinski, Dave Nichols, Carol Parmenter, Bill Winters, Rick Rendigs; Thorton Tyson (Alternate).

Location Map:


photo of Argo Maine
Argo Maine


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Corer - piston --- Geology
1988-003-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Grab sampler --- Biology
Hydroplastic corer --- Geology
Motorola Falcon IV Microwave relay Mini-Ranger --- Navigation
1988-003-FA-LN-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV/BT-MINIRANGER, SSS-KLEIN LINE 1, SSS-KLEIN LINE 1,2, )
Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C --- Navigation
Klein 531 sidescan --- Sidescan
1988-003-FA-SO-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV/BT-MINIRANGER, SSS-KLEIN LINE 1, SSS-KLEIN LINE 1,2, )