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Summary Information for Field Activity 1996-038-FA

Area of Operations: Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: October 07, 1996 to November 02, 1996

Chief scientist: Page Valentine

Objectives: Conduct sidescan sonar surveys to image sedimentary environments and biological habitats. Acquire data from the sea bed that will be used to interpret sidescan sonar imagery and compile maps of Stellwagen Bank NMS.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Sea floor mapping; Photography;Sea floor mapping

Information to be derived: Habitat maps; Sea floor map;

Summary: Poor weather allowed us to work approximately 53% of the time available for operations at sea. Sidescan sonar: 513 km; Stations: 107 (sample, video transect, still photos at each station).

Contact: Page Valentine (

InfoBank: uses the identifier F-38-96-ST. Visit this site for more information.

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Publications resulting from these data

Valentine, Page C., Gallea, Leslie B., Blackwood, Dann S., and Twomey, Erin R.,2010, Seabed photographs, sediment texture analyses, and sun-illuminated sea floor topography in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region off Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 469. (Also available at

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