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Field Activity Details for field activity 1981-024-FA

Other ID: 110

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): James M. Robb

Affiliate Investigator(s): Barbara Hecker - Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory (LDGO)

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Sonar: Single Beam, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To obtain biological and geological specimens, conduct echo-sounding surveys, and record biological and geological narrative and photographic observations of the Continental Slope between Baltimore Canyon and Hendrickson Canyon.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1981-07-07

End Date: 1981-07-21

Equipment Used: 12 kHz, Grab sampler

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Echo-sounding survey data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: ALVIN dives: 13 (#1107-1119; #1114 aborted; USGS dives = #1112, 1115, and 1117); 12 kHz echo-sounding records: 13 km; Sediment samples: 46; Hand-held 35 mm color slides: 651; Bow camera photos: 100 feet each B/W and Color; Audio narrative observations.

Staff: James M. Robb, John C., Jr. Hampson

Affiliate Staff:
Richard Backus - Ch. Sci.
WHOI; Barbara Hecker - Ch. Sci.
LDGO; Ashton; Gison; Logan



Baltimore Canyon, Berkeley Canyon, Carteret Canyon, Hendrickson Canyon, U.S. Atlantic Continental Slope, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 39.1 South: 38 West: -73.8347 East: -72.40139


photo of Lulu
photo of Alvin


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, CD-ROM, URL:

Robb, J.M., Kirby, John R., Hampson, John C., Jr., Gibson, Patricia R., and Hecker, Barbara, 1983, Furrowed outcrops of Eocene chalk on the lower continental slope offshore New Jersey: Geology, v. 11 no. 3, doi: 10.1130/0091-7613(1983)11<182:FOOECO>2.0.CO;2.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
12 kHz --- Single Beam
1981-024-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( 3.5K) for lines )
Grab sampler --- Biology
1981-024-FA-SC-001 ( SUBMERSIBLE SAMPLE samples)

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