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USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2010-047-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): David Foster, William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): David Foster

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Supplement existing Chirp subbottom profiles in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound with deeper penetration Boomer profiling system. These data will contribute to a more complete geologic framework for the Mass CZM mapping program.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 2010-07-07

End Date: 2010-07-19

Equipment Used: DGPS, Boomer, GeoEel 8-channel streamer, HYPACK

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Approximately 140 line-km of seismic data were collected in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. A boomer source, Geometrics 8-channel GeoEel and acquisition stem were used. Digital seismic-reflection data were acquired in SEG-Y or SEG-D format. Navigation was DGPS and was logged in raw Hypack format.

Staff: Wayne Baldwin, Emile Bergeron, William Danforth, Barry Irwin

Affiliate Staff:

Project = Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM) Seafloor Mapping - Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM) Seafloor Mapping - Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound


Middle Ground, Vineyard Sound, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic; Vineyard Sound, Cape Cod, Marthas Vineyard, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.71803 South: 41.27368 West: -71.1255 East: -70.42236


photo of Rafael


Pendleton, E.A., Andrews, B.D., Danforth, W.W., and Foster, D.S., 2014, High-resolution geophysical data collected aboard the U.S. Geological Survey research vessel Rafael to supplement existing datasets from Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1020, 6 p.,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
Boomer --- Boomer
GeoEel 8-channel streamer --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
HYPACK --- Navigation

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