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Summary Information for Field Activity 2005-022-FA

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

Dates: May 18, 2005 to May 19, 2005

Chief scientist: Mike Bothner

Objectives: Exchange moorings, collect sediment cores, and conduct geochemical experiments at long-term sites in Massachusetts Bay. Collect additional cores at long-term monitoring stations in Boston Harbor.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Mooring work; Photography; Deployment of oxygen profiler and benthic chambers;Deployment of oxygen profiler and benthic chambers

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

Summary: Moorings recovered: 2 (#776 and 777 both deployed FA 05003 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 9, 2005). Moorings deployed: 3 (#786 and 788 both recovered FA 05038 MARCUS HANNA Sep. 28-29, 2005; #787 part washed ashore Cohasset May 26, 2005, remainder recovered FA 05023 LOONEY Jun. 3, 2005). A large tripod with azide Honjo bottles and two Anderson traps, a small tripod, and a small subsurface mooring with formalin Honjo bottles were deployed on 5/18/05. Anderson trap 514 had the timer and the sodium azide poison. All traps were lost shortly after deployment due to strong NE storms. A large subsurface mooring was redeployed on 6/7/05. Two cores were taken at Station 2 and four cores were taken at Station 10 on 5/18/05. Two cores were taken at Station BH3 and seven cores were taken at Station 3 on 5/19/05. The oxygen sensor and the benthic chamber were deployed twice on 5/19/05. The ship had engine trouble requiring the coring of Station 4 to occur at a later time.

Contact: Michael Casso (
Fran Lightsom (

InfoBank: uses the identifier H-1-05-BH. 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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GeochemistryOceanographic Measurements

Western Mass Bay mooring data


Deck photos of field activity operations



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