Field Activity Details for field activity 2000-056-FA

Other ID: IB T-56-00-GC

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): David Twichell

Affiliate Investigator(s): Mark Rudin, UNLV

Information Specialist(s): David Twichell

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Piston and gravity coring with a coring system provided by UNLV. Cores were primarily collected in Las Vegas Bay to describe sediment thickness and sediment types.


Start Port/Location: Lake Mead Marina, NPS facility

End Port/Location: Lake Mead Marina, NPS facility

Start Date: 2000-07-11

End Date: 2000-07-18

Equipment Used: Corer - gravity, Corer - slow, Plugger GPS

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Cores were attempted at 17 stations using a variety of coring techniques. Cores were collected at 14 stations. Some cores were collected by divers, and 3 different gravity corers were tested as well. Most cores were collected in less than 30 m water where seismic profiles showed sediments mostly to be 0.5-2 m thick. Most of these cores were 30-70 cm long. Core recovery was poor because the fine-grained unconsolidated sediment washed out of the corer as it was being brought back to the surface. Two cores were collected in the deep part of the lake (>130 m), and these cores successfully recovered 160 and 200 cm long cores.

Staff: VeeAnn Atnipp Cross, Kenneth E. Parolski, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:
Mark Rudin

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Ken Parolski - mobilization and electronics technician; Rick Rendigs - coring and sampling technician; VeeAnn Cross - set up the navigation system during the cruise mobilization.
Project = Lake Mead Sediment Study, Lake Mead Sediment Study


Lake Mead, Arizona, Nevada, United States, North America,

North: 36.15 South: 36.06 West: -114.9 East: -114.7




Cross, V.A.A., and Twichell, David C., 2003, Archive of seismic-reflection data collected during USGS Cruise Lake Mead 00027 in Lake Mead - Nevada, 1-6 June, 2000: .

Twichell, D.C., and Cross, V.A., 2009, Surficial geology of the floor of Lake Mead (Arizona and Nevada) as defined by sidescan-sonar imagery, lake-floor topography, and post-impoundment sediment thickness: URL:

Twichell, D.C., Cross, VeeAnn A., and Belew, Stephen D., 2004, Mapping the floor of Lake Mead (Nevada and Arizona); preliminary discussion and GIS data release: URL:

Twichell, D.C., Cross, VeeAnn A., Rudin, Mark J., and Parolski, Kenneth F., 2000, Surficial geology and distribution of post-impoundment sediment of the western part of Lake Mead based on a sidescan sonar and high-resolution seismic-reflection survey: 28 URL:

Twichell, D.C., Cross, VeeAnn A., Rudin, Mark J., Parolski, Kenneth F., and Rendigs, Richard R., 2001, Surficial geology and distribution of post-impoundment sediment in Las Vegas Bay, Lake Mead: 27 URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Corer - gravity --- Geology
Corer - slow --- Geology
Plugger GPS --- Navigation

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program