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Summary Information for Field Activity 1972-001-FA

Area of Operations: Cape Ann Light to Brant Rock, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: May 02, 1972 to May 24, 1972

Chief scientist: Bob Oldale
John Schlee

   Massachusetts DNR-Division of Mineral Resources; C.F. Willett - Raytheon

Objectives: This survey was undertaken to establish if exploitable aggregate resources exist in Massachusetts waters. A reconnaissance survey of the area from Cape Ann to Brant Rock between the 40 and 150 foot contours was conducted using sub-bottom profiling and sidescan sonar to ascertain the general geologic conditions. Following the reconnaissance survey, a detailed survey and physical sampling operations were conducted to delineate potential areas of economic aggregate deposits using acoustical methods, grab sampling, and bottom photography.

Type of Activity: Sea floor mapping; Photography; Sampling; Seismic profiling;Sea floor mapping

Information to be derived: Grain size analysis; Sea floor map;

Summary: Cruise conducted by Raytheon Company under contract to MA Div. of Mineral Resources with no USGS ship-board presence. Bob Oldale and John Schlee provided planning and evaluation of samples and seismic survey data. Data: Bottom photos: 103; Shipek grab samples: 66; Uniboom data: 500 miles; Sidescan sonar; Bathymetry (unprocessed).

Contact: Nancy Soderberg (

InfoBank: uses the identifier P-1-72-MA. Visit this site for more information.

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Publications resulting from these data

Oldale, Robert N., and Bick, Jennifer,1987, Maps and seismic profiles showing geology of the inner continental shelf, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1923, 4 sheets. (Available as a PDF version)

Setlow, Loren,1972, Summary of the Massachusetts Coastal Mineral Inventory Survey: Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources, no. 8027-41-50-4-74-CR:46p.. (Available as a PDF version)

Willett, C.F.,1972, Final report of Massachusetts Coastal Mineral Inventory Survey to the Director of Mineral Resources, Department of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Oceanographic and Environmental Services, Raytheon Company, Submarine Signal Division, Portsmouth, RI, 189 p.. (Available as a PDF version)

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