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Field Activity Details for field activity 1992-009-FA

Other ID: 92-1

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Lawrence Poppe

Affiliate Investigator(s): Ralph Lewis, CGS

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Video, Imagery: Photo

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Bottom sampling and photography to determine textural distributions of surficial sediments, to relate these distributions to active sedimentary processes, and to evaluate potential near-shore sand and gravel resources; benthic biologic sampling to evaluate the faunal distributions and concentrations and relate them to habitats within a previously collected sidescan mosaic; and sediment sampling to examine the present trace metal concentrations within and outside the dredge-spoil dumpsites off the Thames River estuary.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1992-06-02

End Date: 1992-06-10

Equipment Used: DGPS, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Osprey camera system, Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sediment samples: 297; Bottom photography: 300 stations; Benthic biology: 60 samples; Geochemical: 29 samples.

Staff: Lawrence Poppe

Affiliate Staff:
Connecticut Geologic Survey (CGS) - Ralph Lewis
Sid Quarrier; Univ. New Haven - Roman Zajac
Jana Newman
2 students; Indiana Univ. - Boc Wintsch
3 students; Doug Tolderlund - Coast Guard Academy; Ari Locklear - Southern Connecticut College

Notes: Project = Connecticut Co-operative, Connecticut Co-operative


eastern Long Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound, Connecticut, New York, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.35474593 South: 41.27197126 West: -72.1266 East: -71.79125366


photo of Asterias


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:

Poppe, L.J., Danforth, W.W., McMullen, K.Y., Parker, C.E., Lewit, P.G., and Doran, E.F., 2010, Integrated multibeam and LIDAR bathymetry data offshore of New London and Niantic, Connecticut: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1231, URL:

Poppe, L.J., and Polloni, Chris, eds., 1998, Long Island Sound environmental studies: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-502, CD-ROM, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
1992-009-FA-SC-001 ( GRAB samples)
DGPS --- Navigation
Megapulse Accufix 500 LORAN-C --- Navigation

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