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Field Activity Details for field activity 1977-034-FA

Other ID: AN-1-77

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Harley J. Knebel

Affiliate Investigator(s): Jim Katsolis - Ocean/Seismic/Survey, Inc., Norwood, NJ

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Obtain a set of vibracores at selected locations across the continental shelf. Core stations were selected so as to maximize the chances of sampling the muddy horizon beneath the surficial sand sheet. Geotechnical measurements (including grain size, liquid/plastic (Atterberg) limits, moisture content, and consolidation/compression tests) subsequently will be made on samples from the muddy stratum. A set of cores was also taken to provide the necessary sediments for age dating. Finally, additional seismic records (Minisparker) were collected.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1977-09-18

End Date: 1977-09-25

Equipment Used: Sparker , Single channel hydrophone, Alpine Vibracorer, Loran-C

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Because of poor weather, heavy seas, and long travel time to and from the survey area, coring time was limited to 2 full days and 2 half days. Therefore core locations were clustered in the northern part of the survey area. We obtained a set of cores from a transect across the shelf just south of Hudson Channel along a potential pipeline corridor leading to New York and New Jersey. We also obtained many cores in and around the northern subarea recently leased for oil exploration. Most of the cores penetrated the muddy horizon beneath the surficial sand sheet. Replicate cores were obtained at 3 stations. Minisparker lines: 377 km; Vibracores: 20.

Staff: Alfred Dahl, Wayne Ferrebee, Harley J. Knebel, Lawrence Poppe, Richard E. Sylwester

Affiliate Staff:
Douglas Peeler; Ocean/Seismic/Survey
Inc.: Jim Katsolis - Supervisor
John Ratkowitz
Bill Owen

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Harley Knebel - Ch. Sci.; Richard W. Sylwester - Electronics Tech./Cruise Curator; Wayne Mac Ferrebee; Alfred Bud Dahl; Douglas Peeler; Lawrence Poppe.


Middle Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, Baltimore Canyon Trough area, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 40 South: 38.75 West: -74.5 East: -72.5


photo of Annandale


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, CD-ROM, URL:

Knebel, H.J., 1979, Notes on the availability of mid-Atlantic single-channel seismic reflection profiles collected over the Baltimore Canyon Trough area: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 79-948, 2 p..


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sparker --- Sparker
Alpine Vibracorer --- Geology
1977-034-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Loran-C --- Navigation
1977-034-FA-LN-002 ( Digital tape(s) of NV, )
1977-034-FA-LN-001-01 ( Preliminary cruise track map and vibracore locations.)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1977-034-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of )
1977-034-FA-SE-003 ( analog tape of seismic data)
1977-034-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( MSP) for lines )

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