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Field Activity Details for field activity 1979-004-FA

Other ID: 58

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, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: This OCEANUS cruise was part of a continuing study of currents and sediment transport on the U.S. east coast continental shelf. The purpose of the cruise was to deploy one tripod (#174), one subsurface current mooring (#175) and one surface buoy; to grapple for a dragged current mooring (#161); to obtain grab samples; and to conduct hydrographic (temperature-XBT) observations.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1979-03-27

End Date: 1979-03-29

Equipment Used: Smith-MacIntyre grab, Camera- deep sea, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Time series data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 2 (#174 and 175, both recovered FA 79021 OCEANUS 67 Aug. 6-13, 1979). Mooring recovered: part (#161 deployed FA 78031 ATLANTIS II 103, Sep. 28 - Oct. 5, 1978; only anchor and release were recovered, not current meter).

Staff: Bradford Butman, Stephanie Pfirman, Richard Rendigs, Marlene Noble

Affiliate Staff:
Nick Lefteriou - elec. tech.

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Brad Butman - Ch. Sci., Nick Lefteriou - elec. tech., Marlene Noble, Stephanie Pfirman, Rick Rendigs.
Project = Sediment Dynamics, Sediment Dynamics


Georges Bank, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

North: 41.5 South: 40.5 West: -71 East: -67.5


photo of Oceanus


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, personnel activities, mooring deployment positions, track map and list of hydrographic stations including XBT, water samples, and CTD, and Bridge Loran log.
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) WHOI cruise report including trackmap.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Smith-MacIntyre grab --- Biology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1979-004-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 174; 19790328-19790810)
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1979-004-FA-OM-001 (Georges Bank Sediment mooring data)

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