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Field Activity Details for field activity 2000-070-FA

Other ID: AST-0800; IB A-70-00-CD

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): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Sampling: Biology, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect cores at long-term monitoring stations in Cape Cod Bay. This work supports the Outfall Monitoring Program and is scheduled on short notice to collect samples before the outfall begins on September 6, 2000.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 2000-08-17

End Date: 2000-08-18

Equipment Used: DGPS, Corer - piston, Grab sampler, Osprey camera system

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Hydro wire (3/16 inch) was used at Station 8 where water depth is 200m. This wire parted on the second deployment of the slow corer. Although the wire looked good and was tested (at the bitter end) and found to be of rated strength (3500 ?), it parted on the return trip from the bottom on the second cast. No evidence for a kink or a problem with the shieve. I learned later that the wire was at least 10 years old (predated Olmstead) so perhaps there was hidden corrosion. Next time, insist on a safety factor of 5 when lowering equipment to the bottom. Collected cores at Stations 6 and 7. Collected 3 Van Veen grab samples at Station 8. Samples from all 3 stations were gamma counted for radio-isotopes.

Staff: Michael Bothner, Richard Rendigs, Michael Casso

Affiliate Staff:
M. Santos

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Cruise participants: Mike Bothner, M. Casso, R. Rendigs, M. Santos.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.5 South: 41.8 West: -70.7 East: -69.9


photo of Asterias


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:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - piston --- Geology
2000-070-FA-SC-002 ( CORE, GRAB samples)
Grab sampler --- Biology
2000-070-FA-SC-001 ( CORE, GRAB samples)
Osprey camera system --- Photo

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