USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2000-004-FA

Other ID: MH34-00; IB H-4-00-MY

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

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

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): William Martin - WHOI

Information Specialist(s): Michael Casso, Frances Lightsom

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Dissolved Oxygen, Geochemical: Experiments, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Three day trips were completed. Day 1: Exchanged moorings off Boston and Scituate. Day 2: Collected sediment cores with the new hydraulically damped corer at Stations 2, 3 and 3b (near the benthic chamber deployment site). Deployed and recovered oxygen profiler - 2 times at Station 3 and once at Station 2. Recovered one benthic chamber by SCUBA divers. The second chamber was not found. Day 3: An attempt was made to recover the lost slow corer from location east of Stellwagen Bank at 200 m water depth. A three grapling hook assembly (on an 8-foot spreader) was used with a camera attached to the middle hook. Dann Blackwood arranged 6 submersible flashlights on the central hook which did a good job illuminating to the side and bottom. The whole assemblage was lowered on half-inch tenex rope (breaking strength about 11,000 lbs). Approximately 2 hours were spent on and around the last known position of the core. It was not seen in the camera, nor was it hooked during the dragging operation.


Start Date: 2000-09-26

Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Date: 2000-09-28

End Port/Location: Portland, ME

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Benthic Chambers, Mooring tripod, Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Osprey camera system, Camera- deep sea, Digital camera, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Lary Ball was the lead diver. Richard Rendigs and Dann Blackwood also made a dive to recover the second benthic chamber. The marker float for this chamber was missing when we arrived on station. A second marker float drifted between the time of initial confirmation of the chamber location (based on the diver-held acoustic range finder) and the actual dive. As a result, the chamber was not recovered. Moorings recovered: 4 (#624, 625, 626 and 627, all deployed FA 00003 MARCUS HANNA May 9-10, 2000). Moorings deployed: 5 (#630, 631, 632 and 634, all deployed FA 01022 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 13-14, 2001; #633 recovered FA 01051 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Mar. 20, 2001).

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Roger Hubbell, Marinna Martini, Jenna Munson, Joseph S. Newell, Andree Ramsey, Richard Rendigs, David Walsh

Affiliate Staff:
Scientists and divers from WHOI: William Martin
Joanne Goudreau. Divers: Lary Ball
Thomas Bolmer
Ellen Montgomery
Jay Sisson.

Notes: Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment

Location Map:


photo of Marcus Hanna
Marcus Hanna


(Samples) Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival Policies and Collections Database for the Woods Hole Science Center's Marine Sediment Samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, version 1.0.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
Benthic Chambers --- Experiments
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Corer - piston --- Geology
2000-004-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
2000-004-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 632; 20000926-20010213)
Digital camera --- Photo
2000-004-FA-PH-002 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2000-004-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)