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Summary Information for Field Activity 1978-038-FA

Area of Operations: South Atlantic Bight, South Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: December 13, 1978 to December 13, 1978

Chief scientist: Brad Butman

Objectives: Recover bottom tripod system (mooring #153). The instrument package had not been recovered as planned on an earlier cruise due to failure in recovery system. (An unsuccessful attempt to recover by grappling was made on a University of Miami cruise, FA 78039, Nov. 14-17, 1978, aboard the COLUMBUS ISELIN CI7808.) We planned to recover by grappling. USGS personnel were onboard this cruise for the recovery only and did not transit with the vessel.

Type of Activity: Mooring work;

Information to be derived: Time series data;

Summary: This recovery terminates the bottom sediment transport observation in the South Atlantic Bight for FY 1979. Mooring recovered: 1 (#153, deployed FA 78018 WHITEFOOT Jul. 13-14, 1978). The tripod system was generally free of biological growth. The penetrators in the camera, strobe and battery had severely corroded and the entire system flooded. The film was not entirely wet however and has been sent for processing.

Contact: Brad Butman (

InfoBank: uses the identifier W-3-78-SE. Visit this site for more information.

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Publications resulting from these data

Gelfenbaum, G., and Noble, M.,1993, Significant bed elevation changes related to Gulf Stream dynamics on the South Carolina continental shelf: Continental Shelf Research, v. 13, no. 4: p. 385-405. (Also available at

Noble, M.A., and Gelfenbaum, G.R.,1992, Seasonal fluctuations in sea level on the South Carolina shelf and their relationship to the Gulf Stream: Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, v. 97, no. C6: p. 9521-9529. (Also available at

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