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Field Activity Details for field activity 2004-025-FA

Other ID: HB-0604

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): W. Martin, WHOI

Information Specialist(s): Michael Casso

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Deploy 2 benthic chambers in Hingham Bay (Station 8) and collect up to 8 diver-collected push cores. Return in about 1 week to recover the benthic chambers.


Start Port/Location: Hingham Harbor, MA

End Port/Location: Hingham Harbor, MA

Start Date: 2004-06-16

End Date: 2004-06-16

Equipment Used: GPS (wh), Benthic Chambers, Digital camera, Push corer (wh)

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: On June 16, deployed two benthic chambers in Hingham Bay (Station 8) and collected 6 diver-collected push cores. Water depth was 24 feet. The cores were 4.5-inch ID. Extrusion pistons were inserted upon removal from the bottom. Core 8-6 had pre-installed fins for erosion experiment. Cores 8-3 through 8-6 were x-rayed at Falmouth Hospital. On June 23, the benthic chambers were recovered. Area of operation: 42.2914N to 42.2916N; -70.93W to -70.932W.

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Michael Casso, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:
W. Martin and J. Goudreau (WHOI) responsible for benthic chambers

Notes: Dann Blackwood prepared dive plan. Original Center People field contained: C. Worley (boat captain), D. Blackwood and M. Casso (divers).


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

North: 42.3 South: 42.29 West: -70.95 East: -70.9


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:

Kalnejais, L.H., Martin, William R., and Bothner, Michael H., 2010, The release of dissolved nutrients and metals from coastal sediments due to resuspension: Marine Chemistry, v. 121 no. 1-4, pp. 224–235, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2010.05.002.

Kalnejais, L.H., Martin, William R., Signell, Richard P., and Bothner, Michael H., 2007, Role of sediment resuspension in the remobilization of particulate-phase metals from coastal sediments: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 41 no. 7, doi: 10.1021/es061770z.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Benthic Chambers --- Experiments
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Digital camera --- Photo
2004-025-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Push corer (wh) --- Biology
2004-025-FA-SC-001 ( hydrostatic core samples)

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