USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1998-016-FA

Other ID: 98-1

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): John Bratton, Stephen Colman

Affiliate Investigator(s): John King - URI

Information Specialist(s): Stephen Colman

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: High-resolution seismics and coring, Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Project.


Start Date: 1998-06-11

Start Port/Location: Solomons, MD

End Date: 1998-06-18

End Port/Location: Solomons, MD

Equipment Used: Kasten Corer, 3.5 kHz, Odom Digitrace, ARGO, DGPS

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Gravity cores: 3; Long piston cores: 4; Slow piston cores: 7; Kasten core: 1; Mackereth cores: 4 (obtained from separate barge); 3.5 kHz Elics: 100 km; Odom fathometer: 100 km.

Staff: John Bratton, Stephen Colman, Ellen Mecray, David Nichols

Affiliate Staff:
Neil Waibel - USGS-Reston
observer; John King
co-chief - URI; Gary Savoie and Fred Boettger
coring techs - URI; Andy Zimmerman
Kasten coring - VIMS

Notes: Core archives stored at University of Rhode Island. Elics seismic data and Odom data stored in Woods Hole. Original Center People field contained: Steve Colman, John Bratton, co-chiefs; Dave Nichols, ET; Ellen Mecray, coring.
Project = Ecosystem History, Chesapeake Bay, Ecosystem History, Chesapeake Bay


Patuxent River mouth, Rhode River, Parker Creek, Maryland, Chesapeake Bay, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 38.9 South: 38.25 West: -76.55 East: -76.25


photo of Discovery


Baucom, P.C., Bratton, John F., Colman, Steven M., Moore, Jennifer M., King, John, Heil, Chip, and Seal, Robert, 2001, Selected data for sediment cores collected in Chesapeake Bay in 1996 and 1998: URL:

Bratton, J.F., Colman, Steven M., and Seal, Robert R., II, 2003, Eutrophication and carbon sources in Chesapeake Bay over the last 2700 yr; human impacts in context: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 67 no. 18, doi: 10.1016/S0016-7037(03)00131-5.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Kasten Corer --- Geology
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
1998-016-FA-SE-001-01 ( Raw ELICS Data - Raw data for Lines 1-26 in ELICS SEG-Y format.)
Odom Digitrace --- Single Beam
ARGO --- Photo
DGPS --- Navigation
1998-016-FA-LN-002 ( Floppy disk(s) containing NAV DGPS SAMPLE, )
1998-016-FA-LN-001-01 ( Shot Point Navigation - (text files) Navigation files for Lines 1-26.)