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Field Activity Details for field activity 1987-024-FA

Other ID: N87-1

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Richard Rendigs

Data Type(s): Sonar: Sidescan, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To conduct a high-resolution seismic reflection (Uniboom) and sidescan survey of Boston Harbor and selected offshore areas.


Start Port/Location: Point Allerton, Hull, MA

End Port/Location: Point Allerton, Hull, MA

Start Date: 1987-06-16

End Date: 1987-07-21

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, Klein 531 sidescan, GeoPulse system, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C, Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Barry Irwin, David Nichols, Thomas O'Brien, Richard Rendigs, Robert N. Oldale, Kenneth E. Parolski, Dave Lubinski

Affiliate Staff:
David Schneider; Mike Hill (Boston University)

Notes: Pollution Transport and Accumulation in Coastal Embayments. Original Center People field contained: Richard Rendigs (Ch. Sci.); Dave Nichols; Tom O'Brien; Kenneth Parolski; David Lubinski; David Schneider; Bob Oldale; Barry Irwin.


Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.4 South: 42.25 West: -71.0333 East: -70.63333


photo of Neecho


Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C., 2007, Processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminated sediments in the coastal ocean - Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1302, 89 p., URL:

Rendigs, R.R., and Oldale, R.N., 1990, Map showing the results of a subbottom acoustic survey of Boston Harbor, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2124, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Klein 531 sidescan --- Sidescan
1987-024-FA-SO-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of sidescan sonar data for lines )
1987-024-FA-SO-003 ( analog tape of seismic data)
1987-024-FA-SO-002 ( microfilm of BUTMAN SITES)
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
GeoPulse system --- Sub Bottom Profiler
1987-024-FA-SE-002 ( analog tape of seismic data)
1987-024-FA-SE-001 ( microfilm of BUTMAN SITES)
Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C --- Navigation
1987-024-FA-LN-001-01 ( Cruise track chart containing line numbers, days, and fifteen minute positions.)
1987-024-FA-LN-001-02 ( Cruise track chart containing line numbers, days, and fifteen minute positions.)
1987-024-FA-LN-001-03 ( Cruise track chart containing line numbers, days, and fifteen minute positions sketched on nautical chart 13272.)
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation

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