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Summary Information for Field Activity 1976-021-FA

Area of Operations: Eastern Rhode Island Sound, Rhode Island, northeast Vineyard Sound, western Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: June 21, 1976 to June 30, 1976

Chief scientist: Chuck O'Hara

Objectives: Conduct a high-resolution sub-bottom seismic profiling survey in Massachusetts coastal waters south of Cape Cod in Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound. In addition, at the request of the New England Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a Uniboom seismic site survey is to be conducted in eastern Rhode Island Sound over the proposed Browns Ledge Dredge Spoil Dump Site and contiguous areas. Principle objectives include: detailed mapping of geological features, assessment of potential mineral resources, feasibility and enviromental impact studies related to offshore mining of sand and gravel, and environmental considerations relative to offshore disposal of solid waste material.

Type of Activity: Seismic profiling;

Information to be derived: Sand and gravel resource map

Summary: Uniboom: 560 km (E. Rhode Island Sound: 95 km; Vineyard Sound: 37 km; Nantucket Sound: 426 km).

Contact: Chuck O'Hara ()

InfoBank: uses the identifier A-6-76-MA. Visit this site for more information.

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Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Foster, D.S., Blackwood, D.S., Williams, S.J., Ackerman, S.D., Moser, M.S., and Glomb, K.A.,2010, Geological interpretation of the sea floor offshore of Edgartown, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1001. (Also available at

O'Hara, Charles J., and Oldale, Robert N.,1980, Maps showing geology and shallow structure of eastern Rhode Island Sound and Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1186, 5 sheets, 41 p.. (Available as a PDF version). (Also available at

O'Hara, Charles J., and Oldale, Robert N.,1987, Maps showing geology, shallow structure, and bedform morphology of Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1911, 4 sheets. (Available as a PDF version). (Also available at

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