USGS - science for a changing world

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1976-026-FA

Other ID: FAY 019

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): John Grow

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Gravity, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Sparker, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: This cruise between Charleston and Norfolk concentrated on long geophysical profiles over the continental shelf, slope and rise off Cape Hatteras. Eight long profiles were collected transverse to the margin and two parallel to the margin along the rise tying into DSDP sites #105 and 106. Magnetics, gravity and minisparker data were collected along 2 transverse lines that went along previously purchased multichannel lines.


Start Port/Location: Charleston, SC

End Port/Location: Norfolk, VA

Start Date: 1976-07-17

End Date: 1976-08-04

Equipment Used: Air gun, Echosounder, Gravity meter (wh), Seismic Engineering streamer, Western Geophysical Integrated Navigation System

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The single-channel reflection profiles for FAY 019 were outstanding with excellent resolution of basement and the deeper Mesozoic horizons throughout the western Atlantic. Airgun: 3590 km; Gravity: 4770 km; Magnetics: 3940 km; Minisparker: 4270 km; 3.5 kHz Sonar: 680 km.

Staff: David Egelson, John Grow, Kathleen Kent, Ralph Lewis, Perry Parks, Richard E. Sylwester, Barbara Tausey

Affiliate Staff:
Rob Pexton - seismic tech.
Gerard McCarthy - seismic tech.
Felicity Oram - mech. tech.
Scott Heald - nav. watch
Claire Reimers - nav. watch
Debbie Doyle - seismic watch
Lois Tomlinson - seismic watch
Norrie Robbins - seismic watch

Notes: Original Center People field contained: John Grow - Ch. Sci., Perry Parks - nav./grav. engineer, Richard Sylwester - seismic engineer, Rob Pexton - seismic tech., Gerard McCarthy - seismic tech., Felicity Oram - mech. tech., Kathy Kent - nav. watch, Scott Heald - nav. watch, David Egelson - nav. watch, Claire Reimers - nav. watch, Ralph Lewis - seismic watch, Barbara Tausey - seismic watch/data curator, Debbie Doyle - seismic watch, Lois Tomlinson - seismic watch, Norrie Robbins - seismic watch.


Middle Atlantic Bight, Charleston, South Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia, Atlantic Continental shelf, slope and rise, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 38 South: 31 West: -80 East: -69


photo of Fay


Bailey, N.G., and Grow, John A., 1980, Single-channel seismic-reflection profiles collected over the U.S. Atlantic Continental Shelf, Slope, and Rise east of Cape Hatteras: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-510, 4 p..

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
Seismic Engineering streamer --- Air Gun / Water Gun
1976-026-FA-SE-001 ( film collection of CSP,MSP,AIR,NV)
1976-026-FA-SE-003 ( microfilm of )
1976-026-FA-SE-002-01 ( Digital electronic scans of some paper seismic profiles (airgun, minisparker and airgun replay).)
1976-026-FA-SE-004 ( analog tape of seismic data)
1976-026-FA-SE-002 ( Collection of paper airgun and minisparker record displays of seismic data.)
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Gravity meter (wh) --- Gravity
1976-026-FA-GP-001 ( Digital tapes of gravity and magnetics data: GR, GR-FINAL, MG, and MG-FINAL; inv. # 0923, 0936, 0945, 0967, and 1596.)
Western Geophysical Integrated Navigation System --- Navigation
1976-026-FA-LN-002-01 ( Navigation data)
1976-026-FA-LN-001-01 ( Trackline Map (pdf file) Trackline map with dates, four-hour fixes, line numbers, geologic features, equipment operation, etc.)
1976-026-FA-LN-001-03 ( Trackline Map 2 of 5 (pdf file) Trackline map for July 18-26, 1976 with hourly fixes.)
1976-026-FA-LN-001-04 ( Trackline Map 3 of 5 (pdf file) Trackline for map July 23, 24, and 31 and August 1-4, 1976 with hourly fixes.)
1976-026-FA-LN-001-02 ( Trackline Map 1 of 5 (pdf file) Trackline map for July 17-18, 1976 with hourly fixes.)
1976-026-FA-LN-001-06 ( Trackline Map 5 of 5 (pdf file) Trackline map for July 27-31, 1976 with hourly fixes.)
1976-026-FA-LN-001-05 ( Trackline Map 4 of 5 (pdf file) Trackline map for July 26-27, 1976 with hourly fixes. )
Echosounder --- Single Beam
1976-026-FA-BA-001 ( Digital tapes of BT and BT-FINAL data: inv # 0945, 0946, 0961, 0967, and 0986.)

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Questions or Comments? Contact CMGDS Team