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Field Activity Details for field activity 1988-003-FA

Other ID: AM1-88

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Sidescan

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The purpose of this cruise is to collect sediment cores which will be analyzed for radioisotopes, heavy metals and toxic organic compounds.


Start Port/Location: Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA

End Port/Location: Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA

Start Date: 1988-05-04

End Date: 1988-05-05

Equipment Used: Corer - piston, Grab sampler, Klein 531 sidescan, Hydroplastic corer, Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C, Motorola Falcon IV Microwave relay Mini-Ranger

Information to be Derived: Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 35 samples.

Staff: Michael Bothner, Dave Lubinski, David Nichols, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William Winters

Affiliate Staff:
Thorton Tyson (Alternate); Wayne Trulli (Battelle Labs)

Notes: The information is needed to evaluate the potential of sediments for accumulating contaminants that will be added to Massachusetts Bay through the new ocean outfall. Funds for the sampling and analytical work will be paid to the Survey by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. This cruise is the first opportunity to follow up on our in-house pilot study with outside funding. Information derived from pre-cruise report; no post cruise report found. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Dave Lubinski, Dave Nichols, Carol Parmenter, Bill Winters, Rick Rendigs; Thorton Tyson (Alternate).


Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

North: 43 South: 41.25 West: -71.5 East: -69


photo of Argo Maine
Argo Maine


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:

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:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Corer - piston --- Geology
1988-003-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Grab sampler --- Biology
Hydroplastic corer --- Geology
Motorola Falcon IV Microwave relay Mini-Ranger --- Navigation
1988-003-FA-LN-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV/BT-MINIRANGER, SSS-KLEIN LINE 1, SSS-KLEIN LINE 1,2, )
Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C --- Navigation
Klein 531 sidescan --- Sidescan
1988-003-FA-SO-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV/BT-MINIRANGER, SSS-KLEIN LINE 1, SSS-KLEIN LINE 1,2, )

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