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Field Activity Details for field activity 2005-019-FA

Other ID: HE-105

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Uri Ten Brink

Affiliate Investigator(s): Prof. Andres Carbo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Information Specialist(s): Uri Ten Brink

Data Type(s): Sonar: Multibeam, Seismics: Multichannel, Environmental Data: Temperature, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Electro-Magnetic: Magnetics, Electro-Magnetic: Gravity

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Survey the Muertos Trough and the seismogenic zone north of the Virgin Islands.


Start Port/Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

End Port/Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Start Date: 2005-03-28

End Date: 2005-04-17

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, Multichannel seismics, Gravity meter (wh), XBT, Simrad EM120, Simrad EM1002, Marine magnetometer

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Highly successful cruise: all equipment operated well, and lines were collected as planned.

Staff: Thomas O'Brien, Uri Ten Brink, Edward Sweeney

Affiliate Staff:
Andres Carbo
Diego Cordoba and Alfonso Munoz - Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Jose Martin Davila
Antonio Pazos
Manuel Catalan - Royal Naval Observatory
Spain; Pedro Herrandz - IEO
Spain; Christa von Hillebrandt
Victor Huerfano
and Jay Pulliam - Puerto Rico Seismic Network; Juan Payero - Instituto Sismologico Universitario / Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD-ISU)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Uri ten Brink - Scientist; Ed Sweeney - (March 28 - April 7) Visualization of multibeam bathymetry data; Tom O'Brien - (April 7 - April 15) Technical help with seismic acquisition.


Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States, British Virgin Islands, Muertos Trough, Dominican Republic, Caribbean Sea, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 20.25 South: 17 West: -71.25 East: -63.5


photo of Hesperides


Granja Bruña, J.L., ten Brink, U. S., A., Muñoz-Martín A., Carbó-Gorosabel, A., Llanes Estrada, P., 2015, Shallower structure and geomorphology of the southern Puerto Rico offshore margin: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 67, 30 56 p., doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.04.014.

Granja Bruna, J.L., ten Brink, U.S., Carbo-Gorosabel, A., Munoz-Martin, A., and Gomez Ballesteros, M., 2009, Morphotectonics of the central Muertos thrust belt and Muertos Trough (northeastern Caribbean): Marine Geology, v. 263 no. 1-4, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2009.03.010.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Simrad EM120 --- Multibeam
Simrad EM1002 --- Multibeam
Multichannel seismics --- Multichannel
XBT --- Temperature
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Marine magnetometer --- Magnetics
Gravity meter (wh) --- Gravity

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