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Geologic Mapping of the Massachusetts Sea Floor
The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is conducting geologic mapping of the sea floor to characterize the surface and shallow subsurface geologic framework within the Massachusetts coastal zone. The long-term goal of this mapping effort is to produce high-resolution geologic maps and a Geographic Information System (GIS) that will serve the needs of research, management and the public. This project page provides a description of the mapping program and links to data and publications produced for this project and other Massachusetts mapping efforts.
Data Collection and Interpretation
Surveys conducted in Massachusetts waters between 2003 and 2013 have provided bathymetric, acoustic backscatter, seismic-reflection profile, sample, and photograph data that are used to create high resolution geophysical datasets that guide sea floor characterization and the production of interpretive maps.
Geophysical and Sample Data Products
Bathymetric and acoustic backscatter data collected at 100 percent sea floor coverage and seismic reflection profiles provide an unprecedented, high resolution perspective of the Massachusetts coastal environment. These data are useful to scientists and managers alike as a foundation for scientific investigations and resource management
Interpretations of high-resolution geophysical data, sediment samples, and bottom photographs are used to produce a series of maps that describe the distribution and texture of sea floor sediments, shallow geologic framework, and physiographic zones of the Massachusetts inner continental shelf.
High-Resolution Geophysical Data From the Inner Continental Shelf: South of Marthas Vineyard and North of Nantucket, Massachusetts: U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1168, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161168
Shallow Geology, Sea-Floor Texture, and Physiographic Zones of Vineyard and western Nantucket Sounds, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 20161119,
Sea floor Texture and Physiographic Zones of the Inner Continental Shelf from Salisbury to Nahant, Massachusetts, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1157
Bathymetry of the Waters Surrounding the Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3286
High-Resolution Geophysical Data Collected Aboard the U.S. Geological Survey Research Vessel Rafael to Supplement Existing Datasets From Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1020Sound wave articles