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Field Activity Details for field activity 1975-024-FA

Other ID: ASTR 75-OCT

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Charles J. O'Hara

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Bubble Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sub-bottom profiling survey of potential mineral resources in Massachusetts coastal waters prior to a coring/sampling cruise. Develop baseline data for environmental impact evaluation prior to resource exploitation.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1975-10-17

End Date: 1975-10-30

Equipment Used: EG&G 234, Del Norte hydrophone, Loran-C

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: A total of 125 nautical miles (231 km) of high-resolution seismic data was obtained with sub-bottom penetration of up to 80 meters.

Staff: Charles J. O'Hara, Robert F. Commeau, Elizabeth Winget, Richard E. Sylwester, Wayne Ferrebee, Patricia Forrestel

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Chuck O'Hara - Chief Scientist, Dick Sylwester - Electronic Technician, Patricia Forrestel, Wayne Ferrebee, Elizabeth Winget, Robert Commeau.
Project = Massachusetts Co-op, Massachusetts Co-op


Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.75 South: 41.25 West: -70.75 East: -70


photo of Asterias


O'Hara, C.J., and Oldale, Robert N., 1987, Maps showing geology, shallow structure, and bedform morphology of Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1911, 4 sheets, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
EG&G 234 --- Boomer
Del Norte hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
1975-024-FA-SE-001-01 ( Line list)
1975-024-FA-SE-001-02 ( scanned record sections for lines Lines 1-4, Lines 33-35, Lines 36-39, Lines 40-44)
Loran-C --- Navigation

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