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Field Activity Details for field activity 1980-014-FA

Other ID: 80-G-6A

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Charles W. Holmes

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Obtain samples of the sediments on the Mississippi-Alabama shelf, the central Tampa shelf, and the Florida Strait slope in order to confirm areas of reported phosphate concentrations. Obtain high-resolution data on the Mississippi-Alabama shelf and the southern shelf (south of 26 degrees). Obtain drill cores of the central shelf area and southern reefs. Obtain a suite of piston cores on the central shelf.


Start Port/Location: New Orleans, LA

End Port/Location: Miami, FL

Start Date: 1980-06-14

End Date: 1980-07-05

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, Corer - slow, Grab sampler, Sparker , Single channel hydrophone, Box corer, Dredge, Rotary drill, Smith-MacIntyre grab, Loran-C

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 3.5 kHz: 3507 km; Minisparker: 3292 km; Underway samples: 24; Dredge hauls: 8; Piston cores: 26; Drill cores: 2; Smith McIntyre grab: 4; Box cores: 5; Surface salinity measurements: 200; Mini-hydrocast: 12.

Staff: Paul Bowker, Raymond E. Hall, Charles W. Holmes, Barry Irwin, Frank T. Manheim, Ronald J. Miller, Ronnie Wells, George Wiley, James Willingham

Affiliate Staff:
Larry Doyle
University of Southern Florida; Wayne Fissett
University of Rhode Island; Scott Brande
University of Alabama at Birmingham; Fred Manley
Old Mississippi; Carol Blanton
Old Mississippi; Greg Brooks
University of Southern Florida; Paul Schroeder
University of Southern Florida; Fred Wall
University of Southern Florida; Theo Duis

Notes: Project = West Florida Shelf, West Florida Shelf


West Florida Shelf, Florida, Alabama, Gulf of Mexico, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 30 South: 25.16667 West: -88.0956 East: -82.81944


photo of Gyre



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Sparker --- Sparker
Corer - slow --- Geology
Dredge --- Biology
Grab sampler --- Biology
Rotary drill --- Geology
Smith-MacIntyre grab --- Biology
1980-014-FA-NL-001-02 ( Report contains bottom sample descriptions from Smith-McIntyre grab; box, piston, and gravity coring devices; URI rocking chair; and rake-type clam dredges. Also contains dredge trackmap, paleontologist's report, and freshened water/salinity readings with positions.)
Box corer --- Biology
Loran-C --- Navigation
1980-014-FA-LN-002 ( Digital tape(s) of NV-FINAL, )
1980-014-FA-LN-001 ( Navigation trackline plot for field activity 80014)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1980-014-FA-SE-001 ( analog tape of seismic data)

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