USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1990-033-FA

Other ID: Endeavor 217

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Continental Shelf off Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, North Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): Gregory Miller

Affiliate Investigator(s): G. M. Purdy and W. S. Holbrook, WHOI

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Seismics: Ocean Bottom Seismometer, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Using OBSes and hydrophones, (1) determine an accurate two-dimensional velocity structure across the complete margin province, from pure continental to normal oceanic crust; (2) image the lower crust and moho beneath the marginal sedimentary pile that is invisible to conventional multichannel seismic reflection experiments; (3) undershoot the margin carbonate bank complex and volcaniclastic wedge that thus map the underlying structures; (4) establish the geometry of the moho across the margin; (5) determine the nature of rift stage crust; (6) characterize rifted continental crust; (7) determine the nature of marginal oceanic crust; and (8) constrain models for the source of the East Coast Magnetic Anomaly. These objectives will be accomplished through the following tasks: (1) Wire test 16 new EG&G acoustic transponder/releases. (2) Carry out test deployments of one OBH and one OBS to check suitability of the absolute gain settings. (3) Record absolute shot times accurate to ~1 ms on board GECO SEARCHER. (4) In coordination with the commercial seismic vessel GECO SEARCHER, deploy 12 ocean bottom seismic instruments along line A of the EDGE project's Chesapeake Bay transect. (5) Recover all instruments after recording all GECO SEARCHER's airgun shots along this line. (6) Redeploy three of these instruments to line B. (7) Coordinate shooting operations with deployment of land instuments by Scott Smithson of the U. of Wyoming and Bob Hawman of the University of Georgia.


Start Date: 1990-09-07

Start Port/Location: Narragansett, RI

End Date: 1990-09-17

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: Loran-C, Ocean Bottom Seismometer

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Marinna Martini, Gregory Miller

Affiliate Staff:
WHOI: G. M. Purdy
W. S. Holbrook
K. R. Peal
D. L. DuBois
R. Handy; URI Marine Tech.: D. Nelson


Location Map:


photo of Endeavor


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Loran-C --- Navigation
1990-033-FA-NL-001 ( Chief Scientist's cruise report with ship movement, personnel, OBS and OBH equipment notes, shot times and locations, and trackmap. )
Ocean Bottom SeismometerTest cruise only. No data was recorded.Ocean Bottom Seismometer
No data was collected