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Field Activity Details for field activity 1984-016-FA

Other ID: AT-84-1

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Gerald Edwards

Affiliate Investigator(s): Ralph S. Lewis - Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Bubble Gun, Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Obtain vibracores at selected targets (46) in the coastal waters of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.


Start Port/Location:

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1984-09-26

End Date: 1984-10-19

Equipment Used: Sparker , Innerspace Technology 25-element hydrophone, Alpine Vibracorer, Loran-C

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Seismic reflection;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Although weather and equipment problems caused some delays, the scientific objectives of each participant were met. Cores: 44.

Staff: Gerald Edwards

Affiliate Staff:
Ralph S. Lewis
Chief Scientist
Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey; Nancy Friedrich
Rhode Island; Francis Birch
New Hampshire

Project = MMS/Coastal States Co-op (14-12-0001-30115), MMS/Coastal States Co-op (14-12-0001-30115)


Long Island Sound;Block Island Sound;Narragansett Bay;Rhode Island Sound;New Hampshire coast;

North: 42.95195492 South: 40.91351258 West: -73.28111985 East: -70.38336012


photo of Atlantic Twin
Atlantic Twin


Oldale, R.N., and Edwards, G.B., 1991, Cores from marine geologic features in the western Gulf of Maine: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2147, 2 sheets, URL:

Poppe, L.J., Paskevich, V.F., Lewis, R.S., and DiGiacomo-Cohen, M.L., 2002, Geological framework data from Long Island Sound, 1981-1990—A digital data release: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2002-002,


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's cruise report including cruise schedule, personnel, purpose, equipment, cruise summary, and vibracore location maps.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sparker --- Sparker
Innerspace Technology 25-element hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
1984-016-FA-SE-002 (microfilm of MMS-CT-RI-MA-NH COOP)
1984-016-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( SPK) for lines )
Alpine Vibracorer --- Geology
1984-016-FA-SC-001 (CORE samples)
Loran-C --- Navigation

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