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Summary Information for Field Activity 2010-005-FA

Area of Operations: Middle Ground, Vineyard Sound, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: September 08, 2010 to September 15, 2010

Chief scientist: Wayne Baldwin
Bill Schwab

Objectives: Collect bottom photography and sediment samples to validate geophysical data.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Sea floor mapping; Photography;

Information to be derived: Grain size analysis; Sea floor map;

Summary: SeaBOSS grab samples, photos/video for ground truth of high-resolution geophysical data. Sediment grab samples, photos, and video data collected.

Contact: Seth Ackerman (
Brian Buczkowski (

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Publications resulting from these data

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Ackerman, S.D., Blackwood, D.S., Irwin, B.J., Schaer, J.D., and Forrest, M.R.,2011, Sea-Floor Geology and Character of Eastern Rhode Island Sound West of Gay Head, Massachusetts: U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1004, DVD-Rom and online. (Also available at

McMullen, K.Y., and Poppe, L.J,, Geologic Mapping Offshore of Rhode Island: WHCMSC Page

Ackerman, S.D., Pappal, A.L., Huntley, E.C., Blackwood, D.S, and Schwab, W.C,2015, Geological Sampling Data and Benthic Biota Classification: Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1221. (Also available at

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