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Field Activity Details for field activity 1976-041-FA

Other ID: FAY 026

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): PARTNER

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Obtain 10 vibracores each in both the northern and southern areas of high leasing interest. Emplace 3 reference pipes with buoys and pingers. Obtain 10 hydrostatically damped gravity cores, 5 in each area of interest. Run 3 sidescan sonar lines 20 miles long, 700 m apart in each area.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Charleston, SC

Start Date: 1976-10-16

End Date: 1976-10-25

Equipment Used: Corer - piston, Sidescan sonar, Alpine Vibracorer, Loran-C

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Sea floor map; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: All cruise objectives were attained. The only major shortcoming was the inability to maintain planned sonar transects when in the Gulf Stream. Vibracores were curated at Skidaway. Hydrostatically damped cores were curated at USGS-Woods Hole. Sidescan sonar data was curated at Georgia U. Vibracores: 18 cores, 2 to 19 feet long, 3 with rock in base, 7 interpreted as bottoming out in rock substrate; custodian = Skidaway. Grab sample: 1; custodian = Skidaway. Hydro-damped cores: 16 cores, 3 to 12.75 in. long; custodian = Mike Bothner, USGS-Woods Hole. Sidescan sonar: 108 km; custodian = Georgia U.

Staff: Barry Irwin, Sally Needell, Dennis Edwards, Peter Johnson

Affiliate Staff:
Orrin H. Pilkey - Ch. Sci.; Nicholas Lefteriou; Alpine Geophysical: Charles Dill
John Eastland
Charles Gove
Brian Harrington
Roger Zaunere; Duke Univ.: Bill Neal
Jay van Tassell; Skidaway: John Deery
Robert Giles; Klein Associates: Charles Finklestein

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Orrin H. Pilkey - Ch. Sci.; Dennis Edwards, Barry Irwin, Peter Johnson, Nicholas Lefteriou, Sally Wood.


South Atlantic Continental Shelf, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 32.8 South: 30.2 West: -80.65 East: -78.5


photo of Fay



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Alpine Vibracorer --- Geology
Corer - piston --- Geology
Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
1976-041-FA-SO-002 ( microfilm of LINES 1-6)
1976-041-FA-SO-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of sidescan sonar data for lines )
Loran-C --- Navigation
1976-041-FA-LN-001 ( Navigation trackline plot for field activity 76041)

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