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Field Activity Details for field activity 1993-006-FA

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Other ID: DE93-03; DLWR9303

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Page Valentine

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Single Beam, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collaborative research with NMFS: echo sounding, sidescan sonar surveys, video, and bottom sampling of the southwestern part of Stellwagen Bank to map sedimentary environments and biological habitats.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1993-04-19

End Date: 1993-04-27

Equipment Used: Klein 531 sidescan, Q-MIPS sidescan sonar system, Simrad EC - 810 echo sounder, Osprey camera system, Van Veen grab sampler, GPS (wh), Loran-C

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Continuous data collected: 1013 line km of sidescan sonar data comprising 162 sq. km. of continuous coverage (see trackline map). Stations occupied: color video camera (mounted on Van Veen grab) deployed at 56 sites resulted in 52 sediment samples taken in the study area.

Staff: David Nichols, Page Valentine, Andrew Brill, Carol Brown, Carol M. Parmenter, Eric A. Schmuck

Affiliate Staff:
Milton Carlo - PR

Project = Shelf mapping - Stellwagen Bank, Shelf mapping - Stellwagen Bank


southwestern Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.26843 South: 42.13908 West: -70.3816 East: -70.222


photo of Delaware II
Delaware II


Valentine, P.C., Baker, J.L., Unger, T.S., Scully, L.A., and Fuller, S.J., 2005, Sea floor image maps showing topography, sun-illuminated topography, backscatter intensity, ruggedness, slope, and the distribution of boulder ridges and bedrock outcrops in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region off Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 2840,


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's cruise report including personnel, purpose, equipment, tabulated information, sediment sample and color video transect locations, and sidescan sonar survey trackmap.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Klein 531 sidescan --- Sidescan
Q-MIPS sidescan sonar system --- Sidescan
Simrad EC - 810 echo sounder --- Single Beam
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
1993-006-FA-SC-001 (GRAB samples)
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Loran-C --- Navigation

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