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Summary Information for Field Activity 2003-007-FA

Area of Operations: South Essex Sanctuary, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: September 22, 2003 to October 15, 2003

Chief scientist: Brad Butman

   Diane Carle, MA CZM

Objectives: High-resolution geologic mapping and characterization of the sea floor offshore of Massachusetts.

Type of Activity: Seismic profiling; Sea floor mapping;Sea floor mapping

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

Summary: Completed ~ 73% of survey between 22 Sep. and 15 Oct. 2003. Collected Swath bathymetry (depth and backscatter) with Submetrix, Seismic reflection with Knudsen, and sidescan imagery with DF1000. Plan to complete survey in Spring 2004.


InfoBank: uses the identifier R-2-03-MY. Visit this site for more information.

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Publications resulting from these data

Barnhardt, Walter A., Andrews, Brian D., and Butman, Bradford,2006, High-resolution geological mapping of the inner continental shelf; Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1293, DVD-ROM. (Also available at

Pendleton, E.A., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Ackerman, S.D., Foster, D.S., Andrews, B.A., and Schwab, W.C.,2013, Shallow Geology, Sea-floor Texture, and Physiographic Provinces of the Inner Continental Shelf from Nahant to Northern Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts: U.S.Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1157. (Also available at

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