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Summary Information for Field Activity 1979-013-FA

Area of Operations: New England Atlantic outer continental shelf, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: June 07, 1979 to June 25, 1979

Chief scientist: John Aaron

Objectives: 1. Determine location, extent, morphology, and internal geometry of mass sediment movement (slumps, slides) on the continental slope off New England using high-resolution geophysical methods (14.5 days). 2. Study and correlate stratigraphy of Jurassic and Cretaceous strata north and south of the New England sea mount chain using geophysical methods (3 days).

Type of Activity: Seismic profiling;

Information to be derived: Morphology;

Summary: Overall data quality is excellent, with good resolution and penetration. The data show much slumping on the continental slope between 500 and 2000 m water depth. Many displaced slump bodies occur near the base of the continental slope and on the upper continental rise. Slump study - 3.5 kHz/Minisparker/40 cu. in. airgun: 3257 km; Deep Stratigraphy - 3.5 kHz/Minisparker/500,160 cu. in. airguns: 775 km; Gravity: 4032 km; Magnetics: 4032 km.

Contact: John Aaron ()

InfoBank: uses the identifier G-3-79-NE. Visit this site for more information.

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Publications resulting from these data

Chaytor, Jason D., ten Brink, Uri S., Solow, Andrew R., and Andrews, Brian D.,2009, Size distribution of submarine landslides along the U.S. Atlantic margin: Marine Geology, v. 264, no. 1-2: p. 16-27. (Also available at

Twichell, David C., Chaytor, Jason D., ten Brink, Uri S., and Buczkowski, Brian,2009, Morphology of late Quaternary submarine landslides along the U.S. Atlantic continental margin: Marine Geology, v. 264, no. 1-2: p. 4-15. (Also available at

ten Brink, U.S., Barkan, R., Andrews, B.D., and Chaytor, J.D.,2009, Size distributions and failure initiation of submarine and subaerial landslides: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 287, no. 1-2: p. 31-42. (Also available at

Geist, Eric L., Lynett, Patrick J., and Chaytor, Jason D.,2009, Hydrodynamic modeling of tsunamis from the Currituck landslide: Marine Geology, v. 264, no. 1-2: p. 41-52. (Also available at

Bailey, Norman G., and Aaron, John M.,1982, High-resolution seismic-reflection profiles collected aboard R/V JAMES M. GILLISS, Cruise GS-7903-3, over the Atlantic continental slope and rise off New England: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 82-718, 2 p.. (Available as a PDF version)

Chaytor, J.D, Twichell, D.C., and ten Brink, U. S.,2012, A reevaluation of the Munson-Nygren-Retriever Submarine Landslide Complex, Georges Bank Lower Slope, Western North Atlantic: Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences Book. (Also available at 10.1007/978-94-007-2162-3_12,)

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