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Field Activity Details for field activity 1975-021-FA

Other ID: FAY 002

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Richard Wold

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Gravity, Electro-Magnetic: Magnetics, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The overall objective of this cruise was to check the operation of all the geophysical systems. Each system was to be checked out and modified where necessary until the best possible data were obtained. The acoustic characteristics of the vessel were to be checked by towing the various sensors at different speeds. When all of the systems were operating properly, data was to be obtained as part of the geophysics profiling program on Georges Bank.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1975-09-27

End Date: 1975-09-29

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, Air gun, Sparker , Single channel hydrophone, Gravity meter (wh), Loran-C, Marine magnetometer

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: All geophysical systems were tested and problems identified, and 440 km of usable gravity data were obtained.

Staff: Thomas Aldrich, Dennis Edwards, John Grow, William Jaworski, Frank W. Jennings, Perry Parks, John S. Schlee, Richard E. Sylwester, Richard Wold

Affiliate Staff:
Joseph Burden (Raytheon); Frank Wood (SEI); Jack Mago (Geometrics); Donald Price (Price Compressor Co.)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Richard Wold, John Schlee, John Grow, Thomas Aldrich, Bill L. Jaworski, Frank Jennings, Perry Parks, Richard Sylwester, Dennis Edwards, Michael Kerkmann, Felicity Oram.


Middle Atlantic Bight, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.5 South: 39.75 West: -71.5 East: -69.4


photo of Fay


Paskevich, V.F., and Soderberg, Nancy K., 1997, Navigation and geophysical data collected onboard the R/V FAY from 1975-1976: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-512, CD-ROM, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Marine magnetometer --- Magnetics
Sparker --- Sparker
Gravity meter (wh) --- Gravity
Single channel hydrophoneTest of equipment onlyAir Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
No data was collected
3.5 kHzTest of equipment onlySub Bottom Profiler
No data was collected
Loran-C --- Navigation
1975-021-FA-LN-002 ( Navigation data)
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun

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