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Field Activity Details for field activity 1998-014-FA

Other ID: CRLS-98014

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): David Twichell

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): VeeAnn Atnipp Cross

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Biological Field Study: Surveys, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Sidescan, Visual Identification: Species ID

Scientific Purpose/Goals: High-resolution seismic reflection survey of the Columbia River Estuary and Willapa Bay, and bathymetry and video/sediment sampling of the SW Washington and NW Oregon inner shelf.


Start Port/Location: Westport, WA

End Port/Location: Westport, WA

Start Date: 1998-08-25

End Date: 1998-09-15

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, DGPS, SeaBOSS, Air gun, Boomer, Sparker , Sidescan sonar, Benthos AQ-4 10-element hydrophone streamer, ARGO

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sidescan and seismic data were collected in separate places. 117 km of sidescan and bathymetry were collected on 18 lines, and 144 km of boomer or sparker data were collected on 14 lines.

Staff: VeeAnn Atnipp Cross, Kenneth E. Parolski, David Twichell

Affiliate Staff:
Curt Peterson
Portland State University

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Dave Twichell - chief scientist, Kenneth Parolski - technical support, VeeAnn Cross - data processing and data support.
Project = SW Washington Coastal Erosion, SW Washington Coastal Erosion


Columbia River Estuary, Willapa Bay, Washington/Oregon inner shelf, Washington, United States, North America, North Pacific;

North: 47.2 South: 46 West: -124.5 East: -123.25


photo of Corliss


Baker, D., Peterson, Curt, Hemphill-Haley, Eileen, and Twichell, David, 2010, Latest Pleistocene and Holocene (2-16 ka) sedimentation in the Columbia River Estuary, Oregon, USA: Marine Geology, v. 273 no. 1-4, pp. 83–95, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2010.02.005.

Cross, V.A., Twichell, D. C., and Parolski, K. F., 1999, Archive of seismic-reflection data collected aboard RV CORLISS Cruise CRLS98014 in the Columbia River Estuary, Willapa Bay, and off southern Washington inner continental shelf: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-307, 3 CD-ROMs.

Twichell, D.C., and Cross, VeeAnn A., 2002, Holocene evolution of the southern Washington and northern Oregon shelf and coast; geologic discussion and GIS data release: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-076, URL:

Twichell, D.C., Cross, VeeAnn A., and Parolski, Kenneth F., 2000, Sidescan-sonar imagery, surface sediment samples, and surficial geologic interpretation of the southwestern Washington inner continental shelf based on data collected during CORLISS Cruises 97007 and 98014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-167, CD-ROM, 28 p., URL:

Twichell, D.C., Cross, VeeAnn A., and Peterson, Curt D., 2010, Partitioning of sediment on the shelf offshore of the Columbia River littoral cell: Marine Geology, v. 273 no. 1-4, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2010.02.001.


FAN 1998-014-FA has data viewable in the GeoMappApp/Virtual Ocean applications. To view this data in these applications go to and See the instructions for locating USGS data in these applications. You can also view the imagery created from the SEGY data at

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBOSS --- Experiments
Species ID
1998-014-FA-PH-001 ( 35mm photo negatives and prints for grab sampling operations taken by SeaBOSS: 7 rolls.)
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Boomer --- Boomer
Sparker --- Sparker
Benthos AQ-4 10-element hydrophone streamer --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Sparker seismic data ( )
Air gun data ( )
Boomer seismic data ( )
1998-014-FA-SE-001 ( Raw boomer seismic data)
1998-014-FA-SE-002 ( Raw 'P' seismic data)
1998-014-FA-SE-003 ( Raw Sparker seismic data)
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Bathymetry GIS data ( )
DGPS --- Navigation
ARGO --- Photo
Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
Sidescan mosaic ( )
1998-014-FA-SO-001 ( Digital tape(s) of SSS l1, SSS l2-4, SSS l5-7, SSS l8-9, SSS l10-11, SSS l12-14, SSS l15-16, SSS l29, SSS l33, )
1998-014-FA-SO-002 ( CD ROM disk of RAW QMIPS)

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