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Field Activity Details for field activity 1996-017-FA

Other ID: none

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):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect bottom samples (grab) and video camera footage at selected sites throughout Long Island Sound for validation of sedimentary environments as determined from a regional USGS sidescan sonar survey in 1995. Selected video camera transects will be utilized to verify transition areas of sedimentary environments within Long Island Sound. A secondary object, if time allowed, was to collect additional sidescan sonar data in areas of Long Island Sound where no data or additional records were required as an adjunct to the 1995 ANDERSON cruise (ANDR 95010).


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1996-04-11

End Date: 1996-04-17

Equipment Used: DGPS, Grab sampler - Van Veen , SIS1000 Sidescan sonar, Odom Digitrace 200kHz, Osprey camera system

Information to be Derived: Grain size analysis; Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Grab samples: 129; Video transects: 9.

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Michael Casso, Richard Rendigs, Nancy K. Soderberg, Kenneth E. Parolski, Brenton B. Taylor

Affiliate Staff:

Project = Long Island Sound Environmental Studies, Long Island Sound Environmental Studies


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

North: 41.25 South: 40.95 West: -73.55 East: -72.2


photo of Seaward Explorer
Seaward Explorer


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., McMullen, K. Y., Williams, S. J., Crocker, J. M., and Doran, E. F., 2008, Estuarine sediment transport by gravity-driven movement of the nepheloid layer, Long Island Sound: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 28 no. 4, doi: 10.1007/s00367-008-0118-2.

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
DGPS --- Navigation
1996-017-FA-LN-001-01 ( Raw GPS navigation data.)
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
1996-017-FA-SC-001 ( GRAB samples)
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Odom Digitrace 200kHz --- Single Beam
SIS1000 Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan

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