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Summary Information for Field Activity 2004-016-FA

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

Dates: February 05, 2004 to February 06, 2004

Chief scientist: Mike Bothner

Objectives: Exchange moorings at the Boston B Buoy. Recover moorings at the site off Scituate. On the second day, collect sediment cores and sediment-oxygen profiles at Stations 2 and 3.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Photography; Mooring exchange; oxygen profiles in sediment;Mooring exchange
oxygen profiles in sediment

Information to be derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary: This cruise was conducted in cold (20 degrees F) winds from the west (20-25 kts) on Day 1 and in snow, sleet and freezing rain on Day 2 (20 kts SE). The ship continues to be a major factor in the success of this operation. The scientific and ship crews worked hard and well together, as usual. Moorings deployed: 2 (#755 and 756 both recovered FA 04026 MARCUS HANNA May 19-20, 2004). Moorings recovered: 2 (#716 and 718 both deployed FA 03043 MARCUS HANNA Sep. 24-25, 2003). At Station A (near the Boston B Buoy) the subsurface mooring was exchanged and a refurbished large tripod was deployed. The tripod deployed in September did not come up. At Scituate, the NOPP subsurface mooring #734 (deployed FA 03057 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Aug. 27, 2003) was recovered. The tripod did not come up. Divers will be scheduled to help recover instruments at both locations in the near future. Coring was successful at both Stations 3 and 2. One core was given to Joseph Smith at U. Mass. Boston for analysis of Iodine 131 and others to our WHOI colleagues for analysis of pore water. Other cores were returned to USGS for X-rays and analysis of texture, metals, Th234, etc.

Contact: Michael Casso (
Fran Lightsom (

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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

Butman, B., Bothner, M.H., Alexander, P.S., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., and Strahle, W.S.,2004, Long-term oceanographic observations in western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts; data report for 1989-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-74, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM. (Also available at

Butman, B., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lange, W.N.,2008, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay, 1996 - 2005: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 266, Version 1.0, DVD-ROM. (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

Martini, Marinna, Butman, Bradford, and Mickelson, Michael J.,2007, Long-term performance of Aanderaa Optodes and Sea-Bird SBE-43 dissolved-oxygen sensors bottom mounted at 32 m in Massachusetts Bay: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, v. 24, no. 11: p. 1924-1935. (Also available at

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