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Field Activity Details for field activity 2020-606-FA

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AKA: BHAM Short Cores

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound (ZP00AZZ)

Principal Investigator(s): Eric Grossman

Affiliate Investigator(s): Kathleen Conn (USGS WAWSC); Camilo Panton, Liam Horner, Jessica Shulman (Western Washington University)

Information Specialist(s): Renee Takesue

Data Type(s): Sampling: Chemistry, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Examine nearshore sedimentation patterns, sedimentation rates, and sediment composition to improve understanding of sediment transport, fate and importance to ecological functions

Vehicle(s): None

Start Port/Location: Anacortes, WA

End Port/Location: Anacortes, WA

Start Date: 2020-02-09

End Date: 2020-02-15

Equipment Used: Gomex Core, grab sampler, Vibracore, Ponar grab sampler

Information to be Derived: grain size, radioisotopes, biomarkers

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected 22 surface grab samples, 38 box cores, 22 vibracores (incl. duplicates)

Staff: Leticia Hallas, Daniel Powers

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Vessel, WWU R/V Zoea


Bellingham Bay, WA

North: 48.79058074 South: 48.54388716 West: -122.70355225 East: -122.3739624




Takesue, R.K., Conaway, C.H., Lorenson, T.D., and Grossman, E.E., 2023, Geochemistry of surface sediment and sediment cores in Bellingham Bay, Whatcom County, Washington, in February 2020: U.S. Geological Survey ,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Gomex Core --- Geology
grab sampler --- Surveys (geochemical)
Geochemistry of surface sediment and sediment core (Geochemical data are reported for surface sediments and long sediment cores from Bellingham Bay, Whatcom County, Washington, collected in early February 2020 after flood conditions on the Nooksack River. Data include total organic carbon content (TOC), carbonate content (CaCO3), ratios of stable carbon 13/12 isotopes (d13C), ratios of total carbon to total nitrogen (C:N), short-lived cosmogenic radionuclide activities (Beryllium-7, Cesium-137, and excess Lead-210), and elemental chemistry.)
Vibracore --- Geology
Ponar grab sampler --- Biology

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