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Field Activity Details for field activity 1990-026-FA

Other ID: OC222

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): J. Frederick Grassle - Rutgers U.

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments (biological), Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Single Beam, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Recover two subsurface moorings from the dump site which were deployed in September 1989. Collect sediment samples for studies of benthic infauna, microbiology, heavy metal and organic geochemistry. Overall objective of the sampling is to extend our study (initial survey on ATLANTIS cruise 122) of the sea floor to determine where particles from sewage sludge are being deposited as a result of discharge in the dump site (2,250-2,750 m water depth). Samples were also taken in control sites to the northeast of Hudson Canyon at about 2,500 m water depth. Reoccupied two sites on the southern flank of Georges Bank for coring and grab sampling.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1990-08-02

End Date: 1990-08-07

Equipment Used: Box corer, Slow corer, Van Veen grab sampler, Piston corer, 12 kHz, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#336 and 337, deployed FA 89027 ATL2 AII222 Sep. 15-26, 1989). Box cores: 15; Van Veen grab samples: 6; Hydraulically-damped gravity cores: 6; Piston cores: 3.

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, Marinna Martini, Carol M. Parmenter

Affiliate Staff:
Fred Grassle - Rutgers; Rose Petrecca - Rutgers; Mike DeLuca - Rutgers; Peter Mills - WHOI; Carla Curran - WHOI; Russell Hill - U. Maryland; Ivor Knight - U. Maryland; Russell Winchell - Ocean Taxonomic Services

Notes: Original Submitted By field contained: Dr. J. Frederick Grassle.
Project = NJ Marine Ecosystems Observatory: Sewage Site / Georges Bank Monitoring, NJ Marine Ecosystems Observatory: Sewage Site / Georges Bank Monitoring


Continental Slope off New Jersey, Deep Water Dump Site DWDS 106, southern flank of Georges Bank, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 39.14 South: 38.5 West: -72.34 East: -71.166


photo of Oceanus


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,


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief scientist's cruise report including personnel, purpose, equipment, station data sheets, location maps, and bridge log.
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Ship cruise report including personnel and trackmap.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Box corer --- Biology
Slow corer --- Geology
1990-026-FA-SC-001 (CORE samples)
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Piston corer --- Geology
12 kHz --- Single Beam
1990-026-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( 12K) for lines )
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1990-026-FA-OM-001 (site 106 mooring data)

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