USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1991-016-FA

Other ID: W6-91

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

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

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: This cruise will be the sixth in the two year program jointly funded by the USGS and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The U.S. Coast Guard is generously providing ship time and at-sea support. The objective of the program is to conduct long-term monitoring of currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments in western Massachusetts Bay.


Start Date: 1991-06-11

Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 1991-06-12

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Box corer, Camera- deep sea, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis; Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#374 and 375, both deployed FA 91005 WHITE HEATH Feb. 12-13, 1991). Moorings deployed: 2 (#383 and 384 recovered FA 91036 WHITE HEATH Oct. 16-17, 1991).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, Barry Irwin, Marinna Martini, David Nichols, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
Mike Michelson - MWRA

Notes: No post-cruise report; information derived from pre-cruise report and mooring log.

Location Map:


photo of White Heath
White Heath


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Corer - piston --- Geology
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Box corer --- Biology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1991-016-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 383; 19910611-19911016)
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1991-016-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)