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Field Activity Details for field activity 1978-021-FA

Other ID: 78-1, 78-2

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): John M. Aaron

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Visual Identification: Submersible Observations

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Make detailed observations of geologic hazards, especially slumping, along the upper continental slope off Georges Bank and off Baltimore Canyon area.


Start Port/Location: Cape May, NJ

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1978-07-30

End Date: 1978-08-09

Equipment Used: Grab sampler - Van Veen , Single channel hydrophone, Video camera - deep sea, ORE 140 transceiver/1036 transducer sub-bottom profiler, Teledyne single-channel 300-500J 40-tip minisparker, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C, Benthos model 372 camera and strobe, Submersible Observation

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: DIAPHUS dives: 24; Minisparker: 592 km; 3.5 kHz: 15 km; Van Veen grab samples: 6; Video tapes; Photos.

Staff: John M. Aaron, Susan Barton, Cynthia Bryden, John C., Jr. Hampson, Jerry McCarthy, Richard E. Sylwester, David Twichell

Affiliate Staff:
Rich Slater - Ch. Sci.; Pam Butler - guest
Reader's Digest; Charles V. G. Phipps - guest
University of Sydney
Australia; Don Bolstad - diving operation supervisor
Martek; Gordon Barksdale - pilot
Martek; Pat Hickey - pilot

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Rich Slater - Ch. Sci.; John Aaron - geologist, North Atlantic; Cynthia Bryden - biologist; Jack Hampson - geological assistant; Jerry McCarthy - tech.; Susan Purdy - secretary; Dick Sylwester - tech.; Dave Twichell - geologist, Mid-Atlantic.


South Toms Canyon, Carteret Canyon, Baltimore Canyon Trough, Georges Bank, Veatch Canyon, Lydonia Canyon, North Atlantic upper Continental Slope, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.5 South: 38.8 West: -75 East: -67.5


photo of State Arrow
State Arrow


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:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
ORE 140 transceiver/1036 transducer sub-bottom profiler --- Sub Bottom Profiler
1978-021-FA-BA-001 ( Digital tape of BT data: inv. # 0928.)
Benthos model 372 camera and strobe --- Photo
1978-021-FA-PH-001 ( Bottom photo 35 mm slides: from 19 of 24 dives.)
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Teledyne single-channel 300-500J 40-tip minisparker --- Sparker
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
1978-021-FA-LN-002 ( Digital tape of NV-FINAL data: inv. # 1747.)
1978-021-FA-LN-001 ( Navigation trackline plot for field activity 78021)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1978-021-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( MSP) for lines )
1978-021-FA-NL-003-02 ( Cruise Curator's inventory and description of sparker and 3.5 kHz seismic data, sample station locations, and submersible dive locations. )
1978-021-FA-SE-003 ( analog tape of seismic data)
1978-021-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of *SMALL CAN, NO#)
Submersible Observation --- Submersible Observations
1978-021-FA-NL-002 ( Dive audio tapes: original tapes missing as of 09/25/09.)
1978-021-FA-NL-002-01 ( Audio tape transcripts and supporting observer notes: from 23 of 24 dives (#5 missing).)

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