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Field Activity Details for field activity 1979-012-FA

Other ID: GS 7903-2, Leg 2

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Robert N. Oldale

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Diane M. Eskenasy

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Gravity, Electro-Magnetic: Magnetics, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Investigate the structure and origin of Stellwagen Bank and Stellwagen Basin, locate the offshore extensions of the Clinton-Newbury and Bloody Bluff faults, and connect known Cretaceous and Jurassic seismic stratigraphy south of the New England seamounts with that north of the seamounts.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Provincetown, MA

Start Date: 1979-06-01

End Date: 1979-06-07

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, Air gun, Boomer, Single channel hydrophone, Gravity meter (wh), Integrated Navigation System, Marine magnetometer

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Continuous profiling with airgun, Uniboom, 3.5 kHz, gravimeter, and magnetometer: 1260 km.

Staff: Robert F. Bowles, James E. Dodd, David Egelson, Diane M. Eskenasy, Alan Goodman, Barry Irwin, Kim D. Klitgord, John Larson, David Mason, Charles J. O'Hara, Robert N. Oldale, Valerie Paskevich

Affiliate Staff:
Wallace Bothner - UNH/USGS-Denver; Matthew Oldale - Guest Scientist
Ball State University; Gretchen Rich - Guest Scientist
UNH; Robert Simpson - USGS-Denver

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Bob Oldale - Ch. Sci., Robert Bowles - Nav., James Dodd - Nav., David Egelson, Diane Eskenasy - Cruise Curator, Alan Goodman - Tech., Barry Irwin - Tech., Kim Klitgord, John Larson - Tech., David Mason - Tech., Charles O'Hara, Valerie Paskevich - Nav.


western Gulf of Maine, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 43.45 South: 42.05 West: -70.8 East: -69.45


photo of James  M Gilliss
James M Gilliss


Oldale, R.N., and Bick, Jennifer, 1987, Maps and seismic profiles showing geology of the inner continental shelf, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1923, 4 sheets.

Oldale, R.N., and Edwards, Gerald B., 1990, Cores from marine geologic features in the western Gulf of Maine: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2147, 2 sheets.

Oldale, R.N., and Wommack, Lynne E., 1987, Maps and seismic profiles showing geology of the inner continental shelf, Cape Ann, Massachusetts to New Hampshire: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1892, 2 sheets, scale 1:125,000.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Boomer --- Boomer
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Marine magnetometer --- Magnetics
1979-012-FA-GP-002-01 ( Gravity and Magnetic data recovered from 9 track tape)
Gravity meter (wh) --- Gravity
1979-012-FA-GP-001-01 ( Gravity and Magnetic data recovered from 9 track tape)
Integrated Navigation System --- Navigation
1979-012-FA-LN-002-01 ( Nav. Tape 1941 (txt) Final FIXE navigation.)
1979-012-FA-LN-002-02 ( Navigation data)
1979-012-FA-LN-001-01 ( Drafted track map depicting seismic lines including Uniboom for FA 79012 (GILLIS 7903-2) and Uniboom seismic track lines for FA 80010 (ASTERIAS 80-6A).)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1979-012-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of W/NAV)
1979-012-FA-SE-003 ( analog tape of seismic data)
1979-012-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( 3.5K) for lines )

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