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Summary Information for Field Activity 2005-003-FA

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

Dates: February 09, 2005 to February 09, 2005

Chief scientist: Mike Bothner

Objectives: Exchange moorings and collect sediment cores at long-term sites in Massachusetts Bay.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Mooring work; Photography;

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

Summary: No diving was required. Moorings recovered: 1 (#775 deployed FA 04032 ABBIE BURGESS Sep. 22-23, 2004). Moorings deployed: 2 (#776 and 777 both recovered FA 05022 MARCUS HANNA May 18-19, 2005). The subsurface mooring #774 released on Dec. 31 when the anchor connection failed. It was recovered by Frank Mirarchi on the F/V CHRISTOPHER ANDREW (FA 04065). The tripod #775 was tipped over on Nov. 15. In spite of a tangled recovery line, we were able to get it on board the MARCUS HANNA without incident on Feb. 9. Four cores were collected at Station 3, three cores at Station 2. The oxygen profiler was deployed twice at Station 3. One deployment of the oxygen profiler was made at Station 2. A refurbished tripod and subsurface mooring were deployed near the B Buoy.

Contact: Michael Casso (
Fran Lightsom (

InfoBank: uses the identifier H-1-05-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

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

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