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Field Activity Details for field activity 1995-036-FA

Other ID: 9503; ANDR9503

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): Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Sidescan, Visual Identification: Species ID

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Acquire sediment samples, video, and photographic images of the sea bed that will be used to interpret sidescan sonar imagery and compile maps of Stellwagen Bank.


Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1995-09-15

End Date: 1995-09-20

Equipment Used: Klein 531 sidescan, Q-MIPS sidescan sonar system, SeaBOSS, GPS (wh), Camera- deep sea, DGPS

Information to be Derived: Grain size analysis; Habitat maps; Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sediment samples: 131; Video transect; Bottom photos: 158 images on 2 photo CDs.

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Joseph S. Newell, Edwin Roworth, Barbara A. Seekins, Nancy K. Soderberg, Brenton B. Taylor, Page Valentine

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project = Stellwagen Bank NMS Mapping Project, Stellwagen Bank NMS Mapping Project


Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.50382827 South: 42.11293931 West: -70.42202981 East: -70.0982666


photo of Anderson


Valentine, P.C., and Gallea, L.B., 2015, Seabed maps showing topography, ruggedness, backscatter intensity, sediment mobility, and the distribution of geologic substrates in quadrangle 6 of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3341, 10 sheets, scale 1:25,000, and 21-p. pamphlet,

Valentine, P.C., Gallea, L.B., Blackwood, D.S., and Twomey, E.R., 2010, Seabed photographs, sediment texture analyses, and sun-illuminated sea floor topography in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region off Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 469, available at

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, daily cruise log, sample and video transect locations.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Klein 531 sidescan --- Sidescan
Q-MIPS sidescan sonar system --- Sidescan
SeaBOSS --- Surveys (biological)
Experiments (biological)
Species ID
1995-036-FA-SC-001 (GRAB samples)
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
DGPS --- Navigation

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