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Geologic Mapping of the Massachusetts Sea Floor

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Other USGS Maps of the Sea Floor in Massachusetts Waters

Ackerman, S., Brothers, L., Foster, D., Andrews, B., Baldwin, W., and Schwab, W., 2016, 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

Baldwin, W., Foster, D., Pendleton, E., Barnhardt, W., Schwab, W., Andrews, B., and Ackerman, S., 2016, Shallow Geology, Sea-Floor Texture, and Physiographic Zones of Vineyard and western Nantucket Sounds, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016-1119, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161119

Ackerman, S.D., Butman, Bradford, Barnhardt, W.A., Danforth, W.W., and Crocker, J.M., 2006, High-resolution geologic mapping of the inner continental shelf—Boston Harbor and approaches, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006–1008, 1 DVD-ROM, http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/pubs/of2006-1008/

Ackerman, S.D., Andrews, B.D., Foster, D.S., Baldwin, W.E., and Schwab W.C. 2012, High-resolution geophysical data from the inner continental shelf—Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1002, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1002/

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, 30 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141221

Andrews, B.D., Ackerman, S.D., Baldwin, W.E., and Barnhardt, W.A., 2010, Geophysical and sampling data from the inner continental shelf—Northern Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1006, 1 DVD-ROM, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1006/

Andrews, B.D., Ackerman, S.D., Baldwin, W.E., Foster, D.S., and Schwab, W.C., 2012, High-resolution geophysical data from the inner continental shelf at Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1006 DVD-ROM, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1006/

Barnhardt, W.A., Andrews, B.D., and Butman, Bradford, 2006, High-resolution geologic mapping of the inner continental shelf—Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005–1293, 1 DVD-ROM, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1293/

Barnhardt, W.A., Andrews, B.D., Ackerman, S.D., and Baldwin, W.E., 2009, High-resolution geologic mapping of the inner continental shelf—Cape Ann to Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007–1373, 1 DVD-ROM, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1373/

Barnhardt, W.A., Ackerman, S.D., Andrews, B.D., and Baldwin, W.E., 2010, Geophysical and sampling data from the inner continental shelf—Duxbury to Hull, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1072, 1 DVD-ROM, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1072/

Foster, D.S., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Schwab, W.C., Ackerman, S.D., Andrews, B.D., and Pendleton, E.A., 2014, Shallow geology, sea-floor texture, and physiographic zones of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, 2014-1220,   http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141220

Pendleton, E.A., Barnhardt, W.A., Baldwin, W.E., Foster, D.S., Schwab, W.C., Andrews, B.D., and Ackerman, S.D., 2015, Sea-floor texture and physiographic zones of the inner continental shelf from Salisbury to Nahant, Massachusetts, including the Merrimack Embayment and Western Massachusetts Bay: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1153, 36 p., 1 appendix, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151153.

Pendleton, E.A., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Ackerman, S.D., Foster, D.S., Andrews, B.D., and Schwab, W.C. 2013, Seafloor Texture and Physiographic Zones of the Inner Continental Shelf from Salisbury to Nahant, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1157, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1157/

Pendleton, E.A., Twichell, D.C., Foster, D.S., Worley, C.R., Irwin, B.J., and Danforth, W.W., 2011, High-resolution geophysical data from the sea floor surrounding the western Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1184 DVD-ROM, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1184/

Pendleton, E.A., Andrews, B.D., Danforth, W.W., and Foster, D.S., 2014, 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 2013–1020, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20131020

Pendleton, E.A., Andrews, B.D., Ackerman, S.D., and Twichell, D.C., 2014, Bathymetry of the waters surrounding the Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3286, scale 1:42,000, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3286

Turecek, A.M., Danforth, W.W., Baldwin, W.E., and Barnhardt, W.A., 2011, High-resolution geophysical data collected within Red Brook Harbor, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1091, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1091/

Gulf of Maine

Massachusetts Bay (combining Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary and Western Massachusetts Bay)

Massachusetts Bay Disposal Site

Southeastern Massachusetts (NOAA-NOS Cooperative)

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Western Massachusetts Bay

Other publications relating to the sea floor offshore of Massachusetts

Gulf of Maine

Twomey, E.R. and Signell, R.P., 2013, Construction of a 3-arcsecond digital elevation model for the Gulf of Maine: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1127, 24 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1127/.

Massachusetts Bay

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/

Butman, Bradford, Valentine, P.C., Danforth, W.W., Hayes, Laura, Serrett, L.A., and Middleton, T.J., 2004, Shaded relief, backscatter intensity and sea floor topography of Massachusetts Bay and the Stellwagen Bank region, offshore of Boston, Massachusetts. U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigation Map I-2734, scale 1:125,000. 2 sheets. (Also available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i2734/)

Massachusetts Bay Disposal Site

Valentine, P.C., Danforth, W.W., Roworth, E.T., and Stillman, S.T., 1996, Maps showing topography, backscatter, and interpretation of sea floor features in the Massachusetts Bay Disposal Site region off Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-273, scale 1:10,000 and 1:12,500, 2 sheets. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1998/of98-344/)

Valentine, P.C., Danforth, W.W., Roworth, E.T., and Stillman, S.T., 1996, Maps showing topography, backscatter, and interpretation of Seafloor features in the Massachusetts Bay Disposal Site region off Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-273, scale 1:10,000 and 1:12,500, 2 sheets

Southeastern Massachusetts (NOAA-NOS Coop)

Poppe, L.J., Paskevich, V.F., Butman, B., Ackerman, S.D., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S., and Blackwood, D.S., 2006, Geological interpretation of bathymetric and backscatter imagery of the sea floor off eastern Cape Cod: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1048, DVD. Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1048/

Poppe, L.J., Ackerman, S.D., Foster, D.S., Blackwood, D.S., Butman, B., Moser, M.S., and Stewart, H.F., 2007, Sea-floor character and sedimentary processes of Quicks Hole, Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1357, DVD. Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1357/

Poppe, L.J., Ackerman, S.D., Foster, D.S., Blackwood, D.S., Williams, S.J., Moser, M.S., Stewart, H.F., and Glomb, K.A., 2007, Sea-floor character and sedimentary processes of Great Round Shoal Channel, offshore Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1138, DVD. Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1138/

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Foster, D.S. Blackwood, D.S., Williams, S.J., Ackerman, S.D., Barnum, S.R., and Brennan, R.T., 2008, Sea-floor character and sedimentary processes in the vicinity of Woods Hole, Massachusetts: Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1004, DVD. Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1004/

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Williams, S.J., Ackerman, S.D., Glomb, K.A., and Forfinski, N.A., 2008, Enhanced sidescan-sonar imagery, offshore southeastern Massachusetts: Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1196, CD-ROM. Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1196/

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Foster, D.S., Blackwood, D.S., Williams, S.J., Ackerman, S.D., Moser, M.S., and Glomb, K.A., 2010, Geological interpretation of the sea floor offshore of Edgartown, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1001. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1001/.)

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Ackerman, S.D., Schaer, J.D., and Wright, D.B., 2012, Sea-floor geology and sedimentary processes in the vicinity of Cross Rip Channel, Nantucket Sound, offshore southeastern Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1222, DVD-ROM. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1222/.)

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Valentine, P.C., Middleton, T., and Fuller, S., 2001, Sea floor maps showing topography, sun-illuminated topographic imagery, and backscatter intensity of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region off Boston, Massachusetts: USGS Open-File Report #00-410, 1 CD-ROM, scale 1:60,000. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2000/of00-410/)

Valentine, P.C., Baker, J.L., and Unger, T.S., and Polloni, C., 1998, Sea floor topographic map and perspective view imagery of Quadrangles 1-18, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-138, 1 CD-ROM. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1998/of98-138/)

Valentine, P.C., Unger, T.S., Baker, J.L., and Polloni, C., 2000, Sun-illuminated sea floor topographic map and perspective view imagery of Quadrangles 1-18, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-363, 1 CD-ROM. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1999/of99-363/)

Valentine, P.C., Schmuck, E.A., Signell, R.P., and Ryland, C.A., 1995, Seafloor topography of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95073, scale 1:100,000.

Western Massachusetts Bay

Butman, Bradford, Hayes, Laura, Danforth, W.W., and Valentine, P.C., 2003, Sea floor topography of Quadrangle 1 in Western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2731-A, scale 1:25,00. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i-2731a).

Butman, Bradford, Hayes, Laura, Danforth, W.W., and Valentine, P.C., 2003, Sea floor topography of Quadrangle 2 in Western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2732-A, scale 1:25,000. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i-2732a).

Butman, Bradford, Hayes, Laura, Danforth, W.W., and Valentine, P.C., 2003, Shaded relief and sea floor topography of Quadrangle 1 in Western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2731-B, scale 1:25,000. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i-2731b).

Butman, Bradford, Hayes, Laura, Danforth, W.W., and Valentine, P.C., 2003, 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. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i-2732b).

Butman, Bradford, Hayes, Laura, Danforth, W.W., and Valentine, P.C., 2003, Backscatter intensity, shaded relief and sea floor topography of Quadrangle 1 in Western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2731-C, scale 1:25,000. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i-2731c).

Butman, Bradford, Hayes, Laura, Danforth, W.W., and Valentine, P.C., 2003, Backscatter intensity, 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-C, scale 1:25,000. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i-2732c).

Other Publications Relating to the Sea Floor in Massachusetts Bay

Butman, B., and Lindsay, J.A. (Eds.), 1999, A marine GIS Library for Massachusetts Bay: focusing on Disposal Sites, Contaminated Sediments, and Sea Floor Mapping: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-439, 1 CD-ROM. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1999/of99-439/start.htm)

Gutierrez, B.T., Butman, Bradford, and Blackwood, D.S., 2001, Photographs of the sea floor of Western Massachusetts Bay, offshore of Boston, Massachusetts, July 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-427, 1 CD-ROM. (Also available on line at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2000/of00-427/)

Bothner, M.H., and Butman, Bradford (eds), 2007, Processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminated sediments in the coastal ocean –Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay; U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1302, 89 p.

Denny, J.F., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S., and Sherwood, C.R., 2009, Geophysical data collected off the south shore of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1288, (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1288/.)

Pendleton, E.A., Denny, J.F., Danforth, W.W., Baldwin, W.E., and Irwin, B.J., 2014, High-resolution swath interferometric data collected within Muskeget Channel, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1258, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20121258.

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