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Field Activity Details for field activity 1998-046-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): E. Robert Thieler

Affiliate Investigator(s): Paul Gayes - CCU

Information Specialist(s): E. Robert Thieler

Data Type(s): Sonar: Sidescan, Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sidescan and grab sampling survey of shoreface and inner shelf off Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Island to assess impact of Hurricane Bonnie.


Start Port/Location: Wrightsville Beach, NC

End Port/Location: Wrightsville Beach, NC

Start Date: 1998-08-30

End Date: 1998-09-02

Equipment Used: DGPS, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Klein 595 100/500kHz sidescan sonar

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Noted changes to the morphologic fabric of the sea floor greater than those observed following Hurricanes Bertha and Fran (1996). Van Veen samples: 32 (30 stations); Klein sidescan: 275 km.

Staff: E. Robert Thieler

Affiliate Staff:
P. Gayes - Sci.; P. Donovan-Ealy - Tech. - CCU; N. Gielstra - Tech. - CCU

Project = Hurricane Bonnie post-storm sidescan survey, Hurricane Bonnie post-storm sidescan survey


Wrightsville Beach, Top Sail Island, Onslow Bay, North Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 34.5 South: 34.1 West: -77.9 East: -77.5


Rita's Ride


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:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Klein 595 100/500kHz sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
1998-046-FA-SO-001 ( Digital tape(s) of SSS L1-11, SSS L12-22, SSS L23-35, SSS L36-38, )
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
1998-046-FA-SC-001 ( GRAB samples)
DGPS --- Navigation
1998-046-FA-LN-001-01 ( Trackmap depicting sidescan sonar survey with line numbers. )

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