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Field Activity Details for field activity 1979-024-FA

Other ID: AST-8-79

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Charles J. O'Hara

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Bubble Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Identify and map the geology and shallow structure of Massachusetts Bay. Assess potential mineral resources, principally sand and gravel. Evaluate feasibility and environmental impact of offshore mining of mineral deposits and offshore disposal of solid waste material. Evaluate potential containment and/or dispersal sites for offshore dumping of harbor dredge-spoil material. Evaluate potential geologic hazards that may impact proposed petroleum pipe line corridors from offshore wells to processing facilities onshore. Determine the geologic framework and Quaternary development of this part of the Atlantic Inner Continental Shelf. Select sites for possible coring in summer 1980. Augment similar data obtained in the Massachusetts Bay inshore area by Raytheon Co. (May 1972, PHIPPS, FA 72001) and further offshore by this office (June 1979, GILLISS Leg 2, FA 79012).


Start Port/Location: Provincetown, MA

End Port/Location: Provincetown, MA

Start Date: 1979-08-16

End Date: 1979-08-20

Equipment Used: EG&G 234, Del Norte hydrophone, Loran-C

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Uniboom: 500 km.

Staff: Charles J. O'Hara, Diane M. Eskenasy

Affiliate Staff:
Lloyd E. DeKay

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Chuck O'Hara - Ch. Sci., Diane Eskanasy, Lloyd E. DeKay.
Project = MA Co-op, MA Co-op


Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

North: 42.75 South: 42.05 West: -70.75 East: -70.2


photo of Asterias


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.


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Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
EG&G 234 --- Boomer
Del Norte hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
1979-024-FA-SE-002-02 ( scanned paper seismic records)
1979-024-FA-SE-002-01 ( scanning line list)
SEGY data ( )
1979-024-FA-SE-003 ( microfilm of )
1979-024-FA-SE-001 ( film collection of )
Loran-C --- Navigation
1979-024-FA-LN-001-01 ( Trackmap with days, time, line numbers.)

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