USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2000-061-FA

Other ID: MH33B-00; IB H-61-00-BH

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Michael Casso

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The cruise objective is to collect sediment cores at 6 long-term monitoring stations within Boston Harbor. The cores will be used to determine the concentrations and inventories of heavy metals. The previous work at these stations has documented a 50% decrease in metal concentrations in surface sediments between 1977 and 1993. This sampling will check conditions just before the sewage outfall is changed from Deer Island (at the mouth of the harbor) to the new location 9 miles offshore.


Start Date: 2000-07-09

Start Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 2000-07-09

End Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: DGPS, Corer - piston, Corer - slow, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Osprey camera system, Digital camera

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Robert Barton, Dann Blackwood, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:
J. Blackwood - USGS Volunteer; M. Santos - USGS; From WHOI: Rachel Cave
Anna Euser

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Field work - From USGS: Mike Bothner, D. Blackwood, J. Blackwood (volunteer), M. Casso, R. Rendigs, M. Santos; Mobilization: B. Barton, J. Newell.
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
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - piston --- Geology
Corer - slow --- Geology
2000-061-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Digital camera --- Photo
2000-061-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)