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Field Activity Details for field activity 2001-049-FA

Other ID: IB R-2-01-BH

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): Bill Martin, WHOI

Information Specialist(s): Michael Bothner

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Photo, Geochemical: Experiments

Scientific Purpose/Goals: One day trip to deploy a benthic chamber and a second day trip to recover the chamber 4-5 days later. Dates are uncertain. The benthic chambers will measure the flux of metals and nutrients from the sediments of Hull Bay. The chamber weighs about 150 lbs in air and is in the shape of a tripod, 3 feet on a side. A detachable black and white camera will be used to check the placement on the bottom.


Start Port/Location: Town docks in Hingham, MA

End Port/Location: Hingham, MA

Start Date: 2001-06-04

End Date: 2001-06-08

Equipment Used: DGPS, Digital camera

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The deployment and recovery of chambers was accomplished. Divers collected excellent core samples.

Staff: David Nichols, Michael Bothner, Dann Blackwood

Affiliate Staff:
Bill Martin and Joanne Goudreau
and Lary Ball
diver for recovery of cores
all from WHOI

Notes: On June 4, 2001, Joanne Goudreau's hand was badly cut when two fingers were caught between wire and a pulley as the benthic chamber was deployed. She was brought to the local hospital's emergency room, treated and released, with expectation of a slow but full recovery. A full accident report was filed by Dave Nichols. Original Center People field contained: Dave Nichols - boat captain. Science crew from USGS: Mike Bothner, Dann Blackwood.
Project = Flux of metals from contaminated sediment, Flux of metals from contaminated sediment


Hull Bay, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.29168006 South: 42.29109183 West: -70.9304 East: -70.9297747


photo of Rafael


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:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Digital camera --- Photo
2001-049-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
DGPS --- Navigation

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