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Field Activity Details for field activity 1996-049-FA

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Other ID: W21B-96

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): Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sampling and coring rescheduled from June 11 cruise (FA 96012) to July 9, 1996, with Ken Keay - MWRA. Second leg, 21st USGS-MWRA-USCG cruise (FA 96012): long-term currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical sediment characteristics monitoring.


Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Start Date: 1996-07-09

End Date: 1996-07-09

Equipment Used: DGPS, Van Veen grab sampler, Slow corer, Osprey camera system, Sediment traps, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Mooring recovered: 1 (#469 deployed FA 96012 WHITE HEATH Jun. 11, 1996).

Staff: Emily Banks, Michael Casso, Peter W. Gill, Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle, Brenton B. Taylor

Affiliate Staff:
Peter Clay
Doug Dooner - Mooring Systems; Robert Catalano - Benthos

Notes: Prepared from planning activity form and mooring log.


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.25 West: -70.8 East: -70.75


photo of White Heath
White Heath


Bothner, M.H., and Butman, Bradford (eds.), 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.,

Butman, B., Bothner, M.H., Alexander, P.S., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., and Strahle, W.S., 2004, Long-term oceanographic observations in western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts; data report for 1989-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-74, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

Butman, B., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., Hastings, M.E., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Montgomery, E.T., Rendigs, R.R., and Strahle, W.S., 2009, Long-term oceanographic observations in Massachusetts Bay, 1989 - 2006 (version 3): U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 74,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Slow corer --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Sediment traps --- Geology
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1996-049-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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