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High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Boston Harbor and Approaches, Massachusetts

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Title Page
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Section 1
Introduction
Section 2
Maps
Section 3
Data Collection
and Processing
Section 4
Discussion
References
Acknowledgments
Appendix 1
Geographic
Information
System
Appendix 2
Sediment
Texture
Appendix 3
Bottom
Photographs

References Cited

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Butman, Bradford, Hayes, L., Danforth, W.W. and Valentine, P.C., 2003b, Shaded relief and sea floor topography of Quadrangle 2 in western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2732-B, Scale 1:25,000.

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