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Summary Information for Field Activity 1979-015-FA

Area of Operations: continental slope off New Jersey, Mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: June 27, 1979 to July 11, 1979

Chief scientist: Jim Robb

Objectives: High-resolution seismic profiling of continental slope to study potential geologic hazards to exploration and development, specifically bottom instability due to slumping or sliding.

Type of Activity: Seismic profiling; Geophysical survey;Geophysical survey

Information to be derived: Sea floor map; Morphology;

Summary: Airgun (40 cu. in.): 1555 km; Minisparker: 1750 km; 3.5 kHz: 1780 km; Sidescan: 70 km; Deep hydrophone: 105 km; Gravity: 2565 km; Magnetics (total field): 1520.

Contact: Jim Robb (

InfoBank: uses the identifier G-4-79-MC. 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

Robb, James M.,1980, High-resolution seismic-reflection profiles collected by the R/V JAMES M. GILLISS, Cruise GS 7903-4, in the Baltimore Canyon Outer Continental Shelf area, offshore New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-934, 3 p.. (Available as a PDF version)

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