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Summary Information for Field Activity 1970-002-FA

Area of Operations: Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: March 12, 1970 to March 17, 1970

Chief scientist: Bob Oldale

Objectives: Test the capability of using the ship for scientific work (previously she has been used only as the tender for ALVIN); and obtain geophysical data in Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds, Buzzards Bay, and Cape Cod Bay.

Type of Activity: Seismic profiling;

Information to be derived: Morphology;

Summary: The scientific results were good. The 10 cubic inch airgun and the time variable gain, a feature of the recorder, allowed recognition of basement in Nantucket Sound. The large airgun provided enough energy to penetrate the 100 to 300 meters of sediment and the time variable gain suppressed the multiples that usually mask the data. Throughout the cruise, detail in the upper sediments (Holocene) was sacrificed to obtain good basement reflections. Originally a 3.5 kc echo sounding system was to be used to obtain this detail, but the system and a means for towing were not available at the time of sailing. The basement morpholgy in Nantucket Sound can be recognized in the records. Several deep valleys were seen and the depth to basement appears to check reasonably with depths determined by land-based refraction data. Several horizons can be seen above the basement and in some places deep valleys are cut into the sediments. Basement was easily recognized in Buzzards Bay where it was highly irregular. Several horizons can be recognized in the overlying sediments where basement is deep. The records from Cape Cod Bay showed flat-lying sediments over an irregular basement. Several valleys were seen cut into the basement and in the sediments.

Contact: Bob Oldale (

InfoBank: uses the identifier L-31-70-MA. Visit this site for more information.

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