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Field Activity Details for field activity 1976-048-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: This WHITEFOOT cruise was planned in response to the ARGO MERCHANT oil spill. Objectives were to deploy 1 current meter mooring (#123) and 1 tripod (#121) to determine subsurface flow pattern over Nantucket Shoals to predict and hindcast oil spill trajectories and monitor bottom conditions, particularly to observe any oil sinking to the bottom; and to obtain bottom grab samples at several shallow locations to determine if any oil was reaching the bottom.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1976-12-22

End Date: 1976-12-29

Equipment Used: Van Veen grab sampler, Camera- deep sea, Current

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Tripod deployed: 1 (#121 recovered FA 77009 WHITEFOOT Mar. 8 - Apr. 17, 1977); Current meter deployed: 1 (#123 recovered FA 77009 WHITEFOOT Mar. 8 - Apr. 17, 1977); Samples: 2.

Staff: Bradford Butman, David W. Folger, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project = ARGO MERCHANT Oil Spill, ARGO MERCHANT Oil Spill


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

North: 40.93518736 South: 40.75881587 West: -69.22455137 East: -69.0347349


photo of Whitefoot



Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's cruise report of ship movement, personnel, equipment and data acquisition. Includes trackmap as well as a schematic of the bottom tripod.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1976-048-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 121; 19761228-19970417)
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1976-048-FA-OM-001 (A moored array deployed after the ARGO MERCHANT ran aground on Nantucket Shoals designed to help understand the fate of the spilled oil)

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