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Field Activity Details for field activity 1994-007-FA

Other ID: FER 94-3

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Robert N. Oldale, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Boomer

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collection of seismic reflection data for determining the geologic framework of Stellwagen Bank, Tillies Bank and Tillies Basin.


Start Port/Location: Provincetown, MA

End Port/Location: Provincetown, MA

Start Date: 1994-10-18

End Date: 1994-10-22

Equipment Used: DGPS, Boomer, Single channel hydrophone, Water gun (wh)

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The cruise was very successful in accomplishing all the original "landslide" expectations for total trackline coverage. Data quality was excellent and overall resolution of the reflectors was enhanced by displaying the data on two channels of the EPC recorder at different sweep rates. Interpretation of the acoustic basement reflectors should be possible from this data set resulting in a more complete understanding of the geologic framework of Stellwagen Bank. Transect lines: 32.

Staff: VeeAnn Atnipp Cross, David Nichols, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:
Byron Stone - USGS-Hartford

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Rick Rendigs - Ch. Sci., Dave Nichols - seismics, VeeAnn Cross - seismics.

Project = Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary, Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary


Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts Bay, Stellwagen Bank, Tillies Bank, Tillies Basin, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.7647 South: 41.60394 West: -70.5992 East: -69.86666


photo of Ferrel


Foster, D.S., and Poppe, Lawrence J., 2003, High-resolution seismic-reflection surveys in the nearshore of outer Cape Cod, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2003-235, URL:


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Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
1994-007-FA-LN-001 ( DGPS Navigation data in text format: 8 files.)
1994-007-FA-LN-001-02 ( Processed navigation data in text file format.)
1994-007-FA-LN-001-01 ( DGPS Navigation Printout)
1994-007-FA-LN-001-03 ( Differential Loran navigation printout containing Julian day, 5-minute fixes, latitude, longitude, and disk number. )
1994-007-FA-LN-002 ( Floppy disk(s) containing NAV-GPS L01-04, NAV-GPS L04-14, NAV-GPS L14-21, NAV-GPS L21-26, NAV-GPS + MARKFILE, )
Water gun (wh) --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Boomer --- Boomer
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1994-007-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of )
1994-007-FA-SE-001-01 ( Best basic version (processed) seismic data in SEG-Y format.)
SEGY data ( )
1994-007-FA-SE-001 ( Single channel seismic data: 32 tracklines (650 km) in SEG-Y format on 3 8mm tapes.)

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