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Field Activity Details for field activity 1979-002-FA

Other ID: 56

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): Environmental Data: CTD, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Single Beam, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Deploy 3 tripods (#168, 169), 3 current moorings (7 instruments, #172) and buoy; recover 5 tripod systems (#155, 156, 158, 160) and 5 current moorings (#165, 8 instruments); and obtain gravity cores.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1979-03-06

End Date: 1979-03-15

Equipment Used: Plessey CTD, Camera- deep sea, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C, 12 kHz, ORE sidescan, Bottom platform, Smith-MacIntyre grab

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Recovered release and anchor; current meter #161 missing. Recovered moorings: 12 (#155, 156, 158, 159, 160, 161 [partial recovery, current meter missing], 163, and 165, all deployed FA 78031 ATLANTIS II 103 Sep. 28 - Oct. 5, 1978; #166 and 167 deployed FA 78035 WHITEFOOT Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 1978; #169 and 173 both deployed FA 79002 OCEANUS 56 Mar. 6-15, 1979). Deployed moorings: 6 (#168 [no recovery information]; 169 [grapple recovery on deploying cruise]; 170 [no recovery information]; 171 and 172 both recovered FA 79021 OCEANUS 67 Aug. 6-13, 1979; 173 [recovered on deploying cruise]).

Staff: Cynthia Bryden, Bradford Butman, Mary E. Hastings, Stephanie Pfirman, Richard Rendigs, David Twichell

Affiliate Staff:
Allen Hemberger
Nicholas Nick Lefteriou; USGS-Corpus Christi: Chuck Stelting
John West; Eliason Data Services: Andy Eliason

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Brad Butman - Chief Scientist; Cynthia Bryden, Allen Hemberger, Nicholas Lefteriou, Marlene Noble, Stephanie Pfirman, Richard Rendigs, Mary Polly Shoukimas, Dave Twichell.
Project = Sediment Dynamics, Sediment Dynamics


mid-Atlantic shelf, Wilmington Canyon, Mud Patch, Great South Channel, Georges Bank, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 38.84541192 South: 38.67431251 West: -73.7483896 East: -73.58205696


photo of Oceanus


Moody, J.A., and Butman, B., 1980, Semidiurnal bottom pressure and tidal currents on Georges Bank and in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-1137,

Moody, J.A., Butman, B., Beardsley, R.C., Brown, W.S., Daifuku, P., Irish, J.D., Mayer, D.A., Mofjeld, H.O., Petrie, B., Ramp, S., Smith, P., and Wright, W.R., 1984, Atlas of tidal elevation and current observations on the Northeast American continental shelf and slope: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1611,

Parmenter, C.M., Bother, M. H., Butman, B., 1983, Characteristics of resuspended sediment from Georges Bank collected with a sediment trap: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 17, no. 5, p. 521-533.

Twichell, D.C., McClennen, C.E., Butman, B., 1981, Morphology and processes associated with the accumulation of the fine-grained sediment deposit on the southern New England shelf: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 51 no. 1, doi: 10.1306/212F7C6B-2B24-11D7-8648000102C1865D.


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's daily log of ship movement, equipment and data acquisition notes, mooring deployment and recovery positions, grab sample locations, track map of sidescan sonar and 12 kHz echosounding surveys, and list of hydrographic stations including XBT, water samples, and CTD.
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) WHOI cruise report including trackmaps.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Plessey CTD --- CTD
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1979-002-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 170; 19790307-19790700)
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
1979-002-FA-LN-001 (Navigation trackline plot for field activity 79002)
1979-002-FA-LN-002 (Digital tape(s) of NV, )
12 kHz --- Single Beam
1979-002-FA-SE-001 (microfilm of )
ORE sidescan --- Sidescan
1979-002-FA-SO-002 (microfilm of )
1979-002-FA-SO-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of sidescan sonar data for lines )
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1979-002-FA-OM-001 (MAB mooring data)
Smith-MacIntyre grab --- Biology

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