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Field Activity Details for field activity 1979-015-FA

Other ID: GS 7903-4

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): James M. Robb

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Gravity, Electro-Magnetic: Magnetics, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: High-resolution seismic profiling of continental slope to study potential geologic hazards to exploration and development, specifically bottom instability due to slumping or sliding.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Norfolk, VA

Start Date: 1979-06-27

End Date: 1979-07-11

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, 12 kHz, Air gun, Single channel hydrophone, Teledyne single-channel 300-500J 40-tip minisparker, LaCoste-Romberg gravimeter G-179, Geometrics G-856 magnetometer, ORE sidescan, Integrated Navigation System

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Airgun (40 cu. in.): 1555 km; Minisparker: 1750 km; 3.5 kHz: 1780 km; Sidescan: 70 km; Deep hydrophone: 105 km; Gravity: 2565 km; Magnetics (total field): 1520.

Staff: James E. Dodd, Wayne Ferrebee, Michael Goldstein, Alan Goodman, John C., Jr. Hampson, Barry Irwin, John Larson, Lester D. North, Lawrence Poppe, James M. Robb, David Twichell

Affiliate Staff:
Steven Schertzer - watch
F. Mitchell Hill - watch
Gerard McCarthy - tech.

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Jim Robb - Ch. Sci., Dave Twichell - watch, John C. Hampson - watch, Wayne Mack Ferrebee - watch, Lawrence Poppe - watch, Steven Schertzer - watch, F. Mitchell Hill - watch, Lester North - INS nav., Alan Goodman - tech., Gerard McCarthy - tech., John Larson - tech., Barry Irwin - INS nav., James Dodd - INS nav., Michael Goldstein - INS nav.
Project = Mid-Atlantic OCS Environmental Assessment (BLM), Mid-Atlantic OCS Environmental Assessment (BLM)


continental slope off New Jersey, Mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 39.5 South: 38.45 West: -72.1 East: -71.9


photo of James  M Gilliss
James M Gilliss


Chaytor, J.D., ten Brink, Uri S., Solow, Andrew R., and Andrews, Brian D., 2009, Size distribution of submarine landslides along the U.S. Atlantic margin: Marine Geology, v. 264 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.08.007.

Geist, E.L., Lynett, Patrick J., and Chaytor, Jason D., 2009, Hydrodynamic modeling of tsunamis from the Currituck landslide: Marine Geology, v. 264 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.09.005.

Robb, J.M., 1980, High-resolution seismic-reflection profiles collected by the R/V JAMES M. GILLISS, Cruise GS 7903-4, in the Baltimore Canyon Outer Continental Shelf area, offshore New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-934, 3 p..

ten Brink, U.S., Barkan, R., Andrews, B.D., and Chaytor, J.D., 2009, Size distributions and failure initiation of submarine and subaerial landslides: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 287 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.07.031.

Twichell, D.C., Chaytor, Jason D., ten Brink, Uri S., and Buczkowski, Brian, 2009, Morphology of late Quaternary submarine landslides along the U.S. Atlantic continental margin: Marine Geology, v. 264 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2009.01.009.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Air gun --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Teledyne single-channel 300-500J 40-tip minisparker --- Sparker
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
ORE sidescan --- Sidescan
1979-015-FA-SO-001 ( microfilm of )
LaCoste-Romberg gravimeter G-179 --- Gravity
1979-015-FA-GP-002-01 ( Geophysical data)
Geometrics G-856 magnetometer --- Magnetics
1979-015-FA-GP-001-01 ( Geophysical data)
Integrated Navigation System --- Navigation
1979-015-FA-LN-002-01 ( Zip archive of Navigation data)
1979-015-FA-LN-001 ( Navigation trackline plot for field activity 79015)
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
1979-015-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( AIR) for lines )
1979-015-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of )
1979-015-FA-SE-003 ( analog tape of seismic data)
12 kHz --- Single Beam
1979-015-FA-BA-001 ( Digital tape(s) of NV, MG, NV,BT-LAT/LON, GR-L&R, NV-INS, NV-NSTAR-FINAL, )

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