USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2002-031-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Stephen Colman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Stephen Colman

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Boomer, Sonar: Multibeam, Sonar: Sidescan

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Bear Lake: sidescan sonar, swath bathymetry and Chirp sub-bottom; Foy Lake: Chirp sub-bottom.


Start Date: 2002-09-02

Start Port/Location: Garden City, UT

End Date: 2002-09-22

End Port/Location: Kalispell, MT

Equipment Used: GPS (wh), Multibeam swath bathymetry, Boomer, Edgetech DF-1000 sidescan sonar, Grab sampler, Single channel hydrophone

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Successful cruise! Bear Lake: Completed mosaic mapping with sidescan sonar and swath bathymetry; supplemented existing seismic data with additional Chirp profiles. Collected bottom samples at 20 stations (stored in Woods Hole with S. Colman). Foy Lake: Completed Chirp seismic survey of entire lake. Acoustic data and samples in Woods Hole with Ch. Sci. Preliminary data given to UT F&WS, UT State Parks and U. Oregon.

Staff: Stephen Colman, Jane Denny, David Nichols, Dana Wiese

Affiliate Staff:
Bryan Shuman
U. Oregon
Foy Lake seismics; Richard Goldberg
Coastal Carolina U.

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Steve Colman, Chief Scientist; Dave Nichols, Electronics Tech., boat operation; Dana Wiese, Electronics Tech; Jane Denny, Systems operation and data processing.
Project = Western Lakes, Western Lakes


Bear Lake, Utah, United States, North America;Foy Lake, Montana, United States, North America;

North: 48.2 South: 41.75 West: -114.375 East: -111.25


photo of Rafael


Colman, S.M., 2006, Acoustic stratigraphy of Bear Lake, Utah-Idaho; late Quaternary sedimentation patterns in a simple half-graben: Sedimentary Geology, v. 185 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2005.11.022.

Denny, J.F., and Colman, S.M., 2003, Geophysical surveys of Bear Lake, Utah-Idaho, September, 2002: URL:


FAN 2002-031-FA has data viewable in the GeoMappApp/Virtual Ocean applications. To view this data in these applications go to and See the instructions for locating USGS data in these applications. You can also view the imagery created from the SEGY data at

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
2002-031-FA-LN-001 ( Navigation data)
Multibeam swath bathymetry --- Multibeam
Bathymetry GIS data ( )
Boomer --- Boomer
Edgetech DF-1000 sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
Grab sampler --- Biology
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
2002-031-FA-SE-002 ( Raw seismic data)
2002-031-FA-SE-001 ( Seismics Data - 14 scanned record sections in JPEG format.)
Boomer seismic data ( )