USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1989-034-FA

Other ID: ATL2 124; ALVIN 2168 thru 2176

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): David Twichell

Affiliate Investigator(s): William B. F. Ryan - Chief Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory LDEO

Information Specialist(s): PARTNER

Data Type(s): Imagery: Video, Sonar: Multibeam, Visual Identification: Submersible Observations

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sediment investigations, sea floor mapping, and ALVIN submersible test dives.


Start Date: 1989-12-05

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1989-12-19

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: SeaBeam 2112, Video camera - deep sea, Submersible Observation

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Still images: 9 reels 35-mm color film; Moving images: 23 8-mm video tapes; Samples: carbonates, sediments, chalk, mudstone, sandstone; Other Geophysical: temperature records, sound velocity records, navigation, Seabeam multibeam bathymetry.

Staff: David Twichell

Affiliate Staff:
William Ryan - Ch. Sci.

Notes: WHOI cruise data summary and ALVIN dive summaries may be accessed via the On-Line Data Resources Archive link. Submitted 01/08/09 by A. Orton for D. Twichell. Data Curator: William Ryan, LDEO.


Atlantic Continental Slope off New Jersey, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 39.16667 South: 38.33333 West: -73.0833 East: -72.16667


photo of Alvin
photo of Atlantis II
Atlantis II


Pratson, L.F., Ryan, William B.F., Mountain, Gregory S., and Twichell, David C., 1994, Submarine canyon initiation by downslope-eroding sediment flows; evidence in late Cenozoic strata on the New Jersey continental slope: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 106 no. 3, doi: 10.1130/0016-7606(1994)106<0395:SCIBDE>2.3.CO;2.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBeam 2112 --- Multibeam
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Submersible Observation --- Submersible Observations
1989-034-FA-NL-011 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2176 provided on WHOI's public webpages.)
1989-034-FA-NL-009 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2174 provided on WHOI's public webpages.)
1989-034-FA-NL-010 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2175 provided on WHOI's public web pages)
1989-034-FA-NL-002 ( Short cruise summary for ATLANTIS II Cruise 124 provided on WHOI's public webpages. )
1989-034-FA-NL-003 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2168 provided on WHOI's public webpages. )
1989-034-FA-NL-004 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2169 provided on WHOI's public webpages.)
1989-034-FA-NL-005 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2170 provided on WHOI's public webpages. )
1989-034-FA-NL-006 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2171 provided on WHOI's public webpages. )
1989-034-FA-NL-007 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2172 provided on WHOI's public webpages.)
1989-034-FA-NL-008 ( Summary of ALVIN Dive 2173 provided on WHOI's public webpages.)