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Field Activity Details for field activity 2000-061-FA

Other ID: MH33B-00; IB H-61-00-BH

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): Michael Casso

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The cruise objective is to collect sediment cores at 6 long-term monitoring stations within Boston Harbor. The cores will be used to determine the concentrations and inventories of heavy metals. The previous work at these stations has documented a 50% decrease in metal concentrations in surface sediments between 1977 and 1993. This sampling will check conditions just before the sewage outfall is changed from Deer Island (at the mouth of the harbor) to the new location 9 miles offshore.


Start Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 2000-07-09

End Date: 2000-07-09

Equipment Used: DGPS, Corer - slow, Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Digital camera, Osprey camera system

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Robert Barton, Dann Blackwood, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:
J. Blackwood - USGS Volunteer; M. Santos - USGS; From WHOI: Rachel Cave
Anna Euser

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Field work - From USGS: Mike Bothner, D. Blackwood, J. Blackwood (volunteer), M. Casso, R. Rendigs, M. Santos; Mobilization: B. Barton, J. Newell.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

North: 42.4 South: 42.23 West: -71.08 East: -70.87


photo of Marcus Hanna
Marcus Hanna


Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C., 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., URL:

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:

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:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - piston --- Geology
Corer - slow --- Geology
2000-061-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Digital camera --- Photo
2000-061-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)

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