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Field Activity Details for field activity 1976-036-FA

Other ID: FAY 023

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Robert N. Oldale

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Study the shallow sedimentary structure south and east of southern Massachusetts and study the magnetics and gravity in these areas and in the vicinity of Great South Channel and Cape Ann.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1976-09-12

End Date: 1976-09-17

Equipment Used: Air gun, Sparker , Single channel hydrophone, Echosounder, Gravity meter (wh), Integrated Navigation System, Marine magnetometer

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sparker: 1200 km; Airgun: 1200 km; Magnetics: 1200 km; Gravity: 1200 km.

Staff: Dennis Edwards, Wayne Ferrebee, Barry Irwin, Kathleen Kent, Ralph Lewis, Robert N. Oldale, Perry Parks, Elizabeth Winget

Affiliate Staff:
Wallace Bothner - seismics
J. Donlavey - seismics
Nicholas Lefteriou - tech.
Donald Moller - navigation
Lin Morse - seismics
Elizabeth Winget - seismics; Paul Bereznak - navigation
Western Geophysical Corp.; James Loughlin - seismics
Manomet Wildlife Refuge

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Bob Oldale - Ch. Sci.; Wallace Mike Bothner - seismics, J. Donlavey - seismics, Dennis Edwards - tech., Wayne Mac Ferrebee - seismics, Barry Irwin - navigation, Kathleen Kent - navigation, Nicholas Lefteriou - tech., Ralph Lewis - navigation, Donald Moller - navigation, Lin Morse - seismics, Perry Parks - tech., Elizabeth Winget - seismics.


Cape Ann, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, Great South Channel, Georges Bank, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 43 South: 40 West: -71.75 East: -68


photo of Fay


Eskenasy, D.M., 1980, Single-channel seismic-reflection profiles from Massachusetts coastal waters and the western part of Georges Bank: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-509, 2 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
Sparker --- Sparker
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Marine magnetometer --- Magnetics
1976-036-FA-GP-002 ( Digital tapes of GR data: inv. # 1337.)
Gravity meter (wh) --- Gravity
1976-036-FA-GP-001 ( Digital tapes of GR data: inv. # 1337.)
Integrated Navigation System --- Navigation
1976-036-FA-LN-001-03 ( Final Track Map (pdf file) Computer-plotted track map with dates and hourly fixes.)
1976-036-FA-LN-002-01 ( Navigation data)
1976-036-FA-LN-001-02 ( Final Track Map (pdf file) Drafted track map with line numbers and 5 minute fixes.)
1976-036-FA-LN-001-01 ( Field Track Map (pdf file) Hand-drawn field track map with line numbers and half hour ticks.)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1976-036-FA-SE-002 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( MSP) for lines )
1976-036-FA-SE-001 ( film collection of AIR,MSP)
1976-036-FA-SE-003 ( microfilm of LINES 4-19, 1-19)
1976-036-FA-SE-001-01 ( Electronic scans of complete survey-paper profiles.)
1976-036-FA-SE-004 ( analog tape of seismic data)
Echosounder --- Single Beam
1976-036-FA-BA-001 ( Digital tapes of BT data: inv. # 0993, 0994, 1007, and 1410.)

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