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Field Activity Details for field activity 1979-026-FA

Other ID: EN-042

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): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Environmental Data: Temperature, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Purpose of this cruise was coring for geotechnical and sedimentological analysis of features on the continental slope. 32 stations were chosen by Conservation Division Hazard Analysis group within specific lease blocks in the Mid-Atlantic OCS area. 11 additional stations were occupied on the Mid-Atlantic slope and 11 on the North Atlantic (Georges Bank) slope.


Start Port/Location: Narragansett, RI

End Port/Location: Narragansett, RI

Start Date: 1979-08-28

End Date: 1979-09-23

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, 12 kHz, Corer - slow, Corer - gravity, Heat flow, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Sea floor map; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Gravity cores: 27; Piston cores: 71; Heat flow stations: 6; 3.5 kHz: 100 km; Total stations: 54 (North Atlantic = 11, Mid-Atlantic = 43).

Staff: John M. Aaron, James S. Booth, Joseph Botbol, Kathryn Scanlon Catanach, Ronald C. Circe, Richard Farrow, Wayne Ferrebee, Jean Hopson, Robert E. Miller, Charles J. O'Hara, Lawrence Poppe, Richard Rendigs, Tom Rice, James M. Robb, George Wiley

Affiliate Staff:
David Schultz - gas analysis
Rich Slater - coring crew
Jody Zelibor - gas analysis
Terry Lerch - replacement gas analysis; Rod Davies - coring super.
URI; Skip Rousell - coring super
URI; Mark Bernasconi - heat flow
WHOI; Skip Pelletier - heat flow
WHOI; Alan Driscoll and R. Boudreau onboard Aug. 28 to check winch and coring gear.

Notes: Original Center People field contained: John A. Aaron - co-Ch. Sci., Jim Robb - co-Ch. Sci., Jim Booth - geotech. super., Richard Farrow - geotech. super., W. Mack Ferrebee - core description, Chuck O'Hara - coring crew, Lawrence Poppe - core description, Tom Rice - coring crew, David Schultz - gas analysis, Rich Slater - coring crew, George Wiley - coring crew, Jody Zelibor - gas analysis; Replacements Sep. 8-23, 1979: Bob Miller - gas analysis, Terry Lerch - gas analysis, Joseph Botbol - coring crew, Ronald Circe - coring crew, Jean Hopson - coring crew, Richard Rendigs - coring crew, Kathy Scanlon - coring crew. Original Submitted By field contained: Jim Robb and John A. Aaron.
Project = Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment, Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment


Baltimore Canyon, Hudson Canyon, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Mid-Atlantic Continental Slope, southwest Georges Bank, North Atlantic Continental Slope, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 40 South: 38 West: -73.75 East: -70.35


photo of Endeavor


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
Heat flow --- Temperature
Corer - slow --- Geology
1979-026-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Corer - gravity --- Geology
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
1979-026-FA-SE-001 ( film collection of 3.5)
12 kHz --- Single Beam
1979-026-FA-SE-002 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( 12KC) for lines )
1979-026-FA-SE-003 ( microfilm of )

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