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Summary Information for Field Activity 2003-034-FA

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

Dates: June 12, 2003 to June 12, 2003

Chief scientist: Mike Bothner

Objectives: Collect sediment cores at two long-term monitoring stations in Massachusetts Bay near the outfall for Boston's treated sewage.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Photography;

Information to be derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis;

Summary: The CHRISTOPHER ANDREW was a fine platform to do this work on a perfectly flat sea. Five good cores were collected at Station 3. One of these collected for Linda Kalnejais for her erosion experiment. Only two cores were collected at Station 2 because of a malfunction of the bottom closure mechanism. It did not snap into place immediately after pullout, allowing the sand to fall out of the core barrel.

Contact: Michael Casso (

InfoBank: uses the identifier A-3-03-MY. Visit this site for more information.

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Publications resulting from these data

Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C.,2007, Processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminated sediments in the coastal ocean - Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1302, 89 p.. (Also available at

Kalnejais, Linda H., Martin, William R., Signell, Richard P., and Bothner, Michael H.,2007, Role of sediment resuspension in the remobilization of particulate-phase metals from coastal sediments: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 41, no. 7: p. 2282-2288. (Also available at

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