USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1988-017-FA

Other ID: AT1-88-BH

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Richard Rendigs

Data Type(s): Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The objective of the cruise was to collect twelve vibracores from specified sites within Boston Harbor. The location of these sites was determined from selected high-resolution seismic survey lines conducted during the summer of 1987 by the U.S. Geological Survey. The cores will be x-rayed, split, described, photographed and subsampled for geochemical, geotechnical and sedimentologic analyses. Correlation of lithologic results will be utilized to further define the Holocene and Pleistocene stratigraphic history of Boston Harbor.


Start Date: 1988-09-26

Start Port/Location: Pier 4, Charlestown, Boston, MA

End Date: 1988-09-28

End Port/Location: Pier 4, Charlestown, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Alpine Vibracorer, GeoPulse system, Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: A 10- to 15-minute high-resolution seismic survey was conducted at each site prior to coring operations. A buoy was then deployed along the seismic line as a marker for each coring site. The ship would then anchor alongside the buoy and commence coring operations. Survey stations: 11; Coring stations: 12; Seismic data: 9.63 km.

Staff: Richard Rendigs, Adam Brown, Carol M. Parmenter, Dave Lubinski

Affiliate Staff:
Ralph Lewis - University of Connecticut

Project = Boston Harbor, Boston Harbor


Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.41 South: 42.23 West: -71.7 East: -70.6


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: URL:

Rendigs, R.R., and Oldale, R.N., 1990, Map showing the results of a subbottom acoustic survey of Boston Harbor, Massachusetts: URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Alpine Vibracorer --- Geology
1988-017-FA-SC-001-01 ( 12 Polaroid photos of split cores 1, 3-6, 11-13, 15-18)
1988-017-FA-SC-001-02 ( 12 Visual Core Descriptions (1, 3-6, 11-13, 15-18))
GeoPulse system --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C --- Navigation
1988-017-FA-NL-001 ( Logs for PEN LOG, WATCHSTANDER, CRSC, )
1988-017-FA-LN-001 ( Floppy disk(s) containing NV-MEGAPULSE, )
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation