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Field Activity Details for field activity 1977-024-FA

Other ID: AST-7-77

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): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Boomer

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The cooperative marine geologic program provides the Commonwealth of Massachusetts an accounting and geological evaluation of the lands that lie submerged beneath its coastal waters. Principal objectives include detailed mapping of bottom and sub-bottom geological features, assessment of potential mineral resources, feasibility and environmental impact studies related to offshore mining of sand and gravel, and environmental considerations relative to offshore disposal of solid waste material.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1977-07-22

End Date: 1977-07-27

Equipment Used: Single channel hydrophone, Epsco LORAN-C , EG&G 234

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Uniboom: 181 km.

Staff: Diane M. Eskenasy, Wayne Ferrebee, Alan Goodman, Charles J. O'Hara

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Chuck O'Hara (Ch. Sci.); Wayne M. Ferrebee (Geologist); Diane Eskanasy (Geological Field Assistant); Alan Goodman (Electronic Technician).


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

North: 41.65 South: 41.4 West: -70.6 East: -69.95


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:

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Foster, D.S., Blackwood, D.S., Williams, S.J., Ackerman, S.D., Moser, M.S., and Glomb, K.A., 2010, Geological interpretation of the sea floor offshore of Edgartown, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1001, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
EG&G 234 --- Boomer
Epsco LORAN-C --- Navigation
1977-024-FA-LN-001-01 ( Navigation Track Map (pdf file) Trackline map of ship movement with times and line numbers.)
1977-024-FA-LN-001-02 ( Composite Track Map (pdf file) Composite Nantucket Sound trackline map from ASTERIAS June (FA 76021) and October (FA 76039) 1976 and July 1977 (FA 77024) containing ship movement with times and line numbers.)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1977-024-FA-SE-002-01 ( Scanned seismic record sections)
1977-024-FA-SE-003 ( microfilm of )
1977-024-FA-NL-001-02 ( Uniboom log containing line number, time, latitude, longitude, data acquisition and equipment performance notes, etc.)
1977-024-FA-SE-002-02 ( Line List)
1977-024-FA-SE-001 ( film collection of E. NANT SND)

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