USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2001-026-FA

Other ID: HB1-01 (Hingham Bay); IB C-1-01-BH

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): Bill Martin, Jennifer Morford (WHOI)

Information Specialist(s): PARTNER

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect short cores for Metal Flux Study in order to test gel probes against the centrifuge pore water extraction method. Samples were collected around the long-term Station 8 in the Boston Harbor study. Target position: 42deg 17 min 28.688 sec N, 070 deg 55 min 48.507 sec W. This location is west of the typical Station 8 in order to avoid a concentrated mat of Ampilisca (amphipod) tubes. These tubes make it diffcult to cut the core for pore water studies.


Start Date: 2001-01-30

Start Port/Location: Coast Guard station at Point Allerton, Hull, MA

End Date: 2001-01-30

End Port/Location: Coast Guard station at Point Allerton, Hull, MA

Equipment Used: DGPS, Digital camera, Push corer (wh)

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 8 short cores were taken by pushing core tube with the fiberglass barrels. Water depth was 20-26 feet, depending on tide height. Camera attached to the core tube was a great help in choosing the initial coring site, for assessing ship swing while on anchor, and for determining how far to push in the core tubes. Data Curator: Jennifer Morford (WHOI). Short Cores: 8

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Michael Bothner

Affiliate Staff:
WHOI: Jennifer Morford
Linda Kalnejais
Ida-maja Karle

Notes: Project = Flux of Metals from Contaminated Sediments, Flux of Metals from Contaminated Sediments


Hingham Bay, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.3 South: 42.28 West: -70.94 East: -70.92


photo of USCG 41


Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C., 2007, Processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminated sediments in the coastal ocean - Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay: 89 URL:

Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
Digital camera --- Photo
2001-026-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Push corer (wh) --- Biology
2001-026-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)