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Summary Information for Field Activity 2011-004-FA

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

Dates: May 04, 2011 to May 17, 2011

Chief scientist: Dave Foster
Bill Schwab

Objectives: Create regional seabed characterization maps.

Type of Activity: Seismic profiling;Sea floor mapping;

Information to be derived: Seismic Stratigraphy

Summary: Sidescan sonar, swath bathymetry and Chirp subbottom profiling were collected to complete mapping areas of Massachusetts state waters of Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound and part of Nantucket Sound.

Contact: Seth Ackerman (

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Publications resulting from these data

Andrews, B.D., Ackerman, S.D., Baldwin, W.E., Foster, D.S., and Schwab, W.C.,2013, High-Resolution Geological Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts.: U. S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 2012-1006. (Also available at

Ackerman, S.D., Andrews, B.D., Foster, D.S., Baldwin, W.E., and Schwab, W.C.,2013, High-Resolution Geophysical Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1002. (Also available at

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