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A portion of western Massachusetts Bay, from Stellwagen Basin west to approximately the 30 m isobath, was mapped using a Simrad EM-1000 multibeam echo sounder. The data are divided in 3 quadrangles. For quadrangles 1 and 2, paper maps of topography, shaded relief topography, and shaded relief topography colored by backscatter intensity are available. Quadrangle 3 is not completed. The digital data for all three quadrangles are published in USGS Data Series 99. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) ocean outfall is located in Quadrangle 2.

Cooperators: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS).

Map showing survey area of Western Massachusetts Bay.

Survey area for Massachusetts Bay. Click on figure for larger image.

Maps and Data available:

Quadrangle 1 (scale 1:25,000)

Seafloor topography Shaded-relief topography Shaded-relief topography colored by backscatter intensity
Thumbnail image of Map I-2731-A Thumbnail image of Map I-2731-B Thumbnail image of Map I-2731-C
Map I-2731-A Map I-2731-B Map I-2731-C

Quadrangle 2 (scale 1:25,000)

Seafloor topography Shaded-relief topography Shaded-relief topography colored by backscatter intensity
Thumbnail image of Map I-2732-A Thumbnail image of Map I-2732-B Thumbnail image of Map I-2732-C
Map I-2732-A Map I-2732-B Map I-2732-C

GIS data for western Massachusetts Bay maps

Thumbnail image of Data Series 99 Butman, B., Valentine, P.C., Middleton, T.J., and Danforth, W.W., 2007, A GIS Library of multibeam data for Massachusetts Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Offshore of Boston, Massachusetts. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 99. 1 DVD-ROM. Also online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/99/

List of publications and citations from Western Massachusetts Bay mapping

For more information:

Bradford Butman
U.S. Geological Survey
Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1598

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