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Field Activity Details for field activity 1981-034-FA

Other ID: OC104

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): Environmental Data: CTD, Environmental Data: Temperature, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry, Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Single Beam, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Recover 2 tripods and 4 subsurface moorings. Deploy 2 tripods and 6 subsurface moorings (2 w/ deep instrument package). Set 2 surface marker buoys. Collect surface grab samples at A, Q, and LCA for biology. Deploy and recover experimental water sampling system. Collect surface grab samples around Station K.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1981-09-25

End Date: 1981-10-02

Equipment Used: Echosounder, XBT, CTD 19+ with OBS, PAR, DO, Chl, Niskin bottle, Van Veen grab sampler, Camera- deep sea, Loran-C, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 10 (#229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, and 237, all recovered FA 82001 OCEANUS Jan. 26 - Feb. 4, 1982; and #238 recovered this cruise). Surface buoys deployed: 4 (A,B,O,P). Surface buoys recovered: 2 (R,V). Moorings recovered: 7 (#223, 224, 225, 226, 227, and 228 all deployed FA 81009 OCEANUS 095 Apr. 23 - May 6, 1981; #238 deployed this cruise). CTD stations: 35; XBT stations: 25; Surface salinity samples: 56; Surface grab samples: 58; Bathymetric survey.

Staff: Michael Bothner, Bradford Butman, Mary E. Hastings, John Larson, Carol M. Parmenter, Lawrence Poppe, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle, Arnold O. Tanner, Marlene Noble

Affiliate Staff:
Frank Musialowski; Rose Petrecca - WHOI

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Brad Butman, Mike Bothner, John Larson, Frank Musialowski, Marlene Noble, Carol Parmenter, Lawrence Poppe, Richard Rendigs, Mary Polly Shoukimas, William Strahle, Arnold Tanner.
Project = Sediment Dynamics, Sediment Dynamics


Lydonia Canyon, Georges Bank, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.49944 South: 40.33333 West: -70.2161 East: -67.41222


photo of Oceanus


Butman, B., 1988, North Atlantic Slope and Canyon Study—Volume 1, Executive summary: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-027-A,

Butman, B., Moody, J.A., and Conley, S.J., 1986, Hydrography of Lydonia Canyon; data report for R/V OCEANUS Cruise 104, September 25-October 2, 1981: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 86-504, 216 p., URL:


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's log of ship movement, personnel, equipment and data acquisition notes. Includes maps of mooring locations, sample locations, hydrographic stations, and mooring schematics. Also included is a table of hydrographic station locations and data acquired at each station, as well as the bridge Loran log.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Echosounder --- Single Beam
1981-034-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( 12K) for lines )
XBT --- Temperature
CTD 19+ with OBS, PAR, DO, Chl --- CTD
1981-034-FA-OM-001 (Digital tape(s) of CTD STATION DATA, )
Niskin bottle --- Chemistry
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1981-034-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 237; 19810926-19820128)
Loran-C --- Navigation
1981-034-FA-NL-001 (Logs for XBT/CTD, LORAN C, TECH, MIXED, 12K, )
1981-034-FA-NL-002 (cruise report)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1981-034-FA-OM-002 (Lydonia Canyon mooring data)

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