Area of Operations: La Romana to Isla Saona, southeastern Dominican Republic, Caribbean Sea, North America, North Atlantic
Dates: September 20, 1985 to October 02, 1985
Chief scientist: Terry Edgar
Objectives: Evaluate a sand deposit off Isla Saona as a potential economic resource of the Dominican Republic.
Type of Activity: Sampling;
Information to be derived: Grain size analysis; Sea floor map;
Summary: This was the third cruise to the Dominican Republic as part of a five-year agreement between the USGS and DGM. This year's cruise, at the request of DGM, examined a sand body extending about 2 km northwest of Isla Saona. The sand body could eventually be exploited to be used as aggregate in the construction industry. The overall sedimentary environments and the geologic characteristic of the shoal were evaluated. Surface sediment samples: 15; Beach samples: 10; Vibracore samples: 6.
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