USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1994-024-FA

Other ID: ASTR 94-4

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): William Danforth

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Imagery: Video

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Conducted a sidescan sonar survey in a localized area within Massachusetts Bay. Collected video, Van Veen grab samples and slow cores to enable ground truthing of the sonar data.


Start Date: 1994-07-05

Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 1994-07-08

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: DGPS, SIS1000 Sidescan sonar, Corer - piston, Video camera - deep sea

Information to be Derived: Grain size analysis; Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sidescan data: 61.5 km; Cores: 7, 2 stored intact; Core subsamples: 15; Van Veen grabs: 16; Video?

Staff: William Danforth, Jane Denny, Thomas O'Brien, Richard Rendigs, Charles R. Denham

Affiliate Staff:
Brian Wilson - Datasonics

Project = EEZ Seafloor Mapping, EEZ Seafloor Mapping

Location Map:


photo of Asterias


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
1994-024-FA-LN-001 ( Navigation trackline plot for field activity 94024)
SIS1000 Sidescan sonar --- Boomer
Corer - piston --- Geology
1994-024-FA-SC-001 ( CORE, DREDGE, GRAB samples)
Video camera - deep sea --- Video