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Field Activity Details for field activity 1985-030-FA

Other ID: 85-12

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Robert N. Oldale

Affiliate Investigator(s): LEG 1 - Jody Edwards, Chief Scientist

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Boomer

Scientific Purpose/Goals: LEG 1, 09/09-11/1985 - Study of sand sheet and ridges atop submerged delta of the Merrimack River using the hybrid Uniboom/GeoPulse seismic profiler. LEG 2, 09/11-23/1985 - Continue seismic profiling in Blue Hill and Frenchman Bays, Maine.


Start Port/Location:

End Port/Location:

Start Date: 1985-09-09

End Date: 1985-09-23

Equipment Used: Boomer, Single channel hydrophone, Loran-C

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The New England Nearshore Geology project's Annual Fall Foliage Cruise took place between the 9th and 23rd of September. The first leg, under the command of Novice Chief Scientist Jody Edwards, studied the sand sheet and ridges atop the submerged delta of the Merrimack River using the hybrid Uniboom/GeoPulse seismic profiler. The God Neptune did not favor Chief Scientist Edwards and he suffered much bad weather. All the gods were with Aging Chief Scientist Bob Oldale, lovely GFA Monica Webster, and Ace Technician Ken Parolski as they left Gloucester and were taken north, enroute to Northeast Harbor via Booth Bay Harbor, ME, by Captain Dick Colburn. This second part of the cruise took place in Blue Hill and Frenchman Bays under a long-lived high pressure system that provided bright blue skies, calm wind, and clear cool nights. The profiler worked to perfection, accompanied by a magnificent view of Mount Desert Island resplendent in brilliant fall colors. The Last Night Out dinner, served on the back deck of the ASTERIAS, consisted of salad, french bread, wine, and boiled lobster. Eat your hearts out. Uniboom/GeoPulse data: 352 km.

Staff: Robert N. Oldale, Kenneth E. Parolski, Monica Webster

Affiliate Staff:
LEG 1 - Jody Edwards
Chief Scientist

Notes: Original Center People field contained: LEG 1 - Jody Edwards, Chief Scientist; LEG 2 - Bob Oldale, Chief Scientist; Monica Webster, GFA; Ken Parolski, Technician.
Project = New England Nearshore Geology, New England Nearshore Geology


Merrimack River, New Hampshire, Northeast Harbor, Blue Hill Bay, Frenchman Bay, Maine, Gulf of Maine, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 44.4 South: 43.2 West: -70.7 East: -67.8


photo of Asterias



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Loran-C --- Navigation
1985-030-FA-LN-001-01 ( Cruise trackmap for Leg 2, Blue Hill and Frenchman Bays, ME, Sep. 14-17, containing line numbers, day, time, and 15-minute fixes.)
1985-030-FA-LN-002 ( Digital tape(s) of NV, )
Boomer --- Boomer
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1985-030-FA-SE-001-01 ( Scanned Profiles - 60 scanned record sections in TIFF format.)
1985-030-FA-SE-001-02 ( Cropped Scanned Profiles - Cropped images of 60 scanned record sections in TIFF format.)
1985-030-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of )
1985-030-FA-SE-003 ( analog tape of seismic data)

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