Archive of Water Gun Subbottom Data
Collected During USGS Cruise SEAX 96004
New York Bight, 1 May - 9 June, 1996
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-396
by Jenna C. Hill, William C. Schwab, and David S. Foster
U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA 02543
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produced in accordance with the UDF (Universal Disc Format) DVD-ROM Standard
(ISO 9660 equivalent) and is therefore capable of being read on any computing
platform that has appropriate DVD-ROM driver software installed. Access to the
data and information contained on this DVD-ROM was developed using the HyperText
Markup Language (HTML) utilized by the World Wide Web (WWW) project. Development
of the DVD-ROM documentation and user interface in HTML allows a user to access
the information by using a variety of WWW information browsers (i.e. NCSA Mosaic,
Netscape) to facilitate browsing and locating information and data. To access
the information contained on this disk with a WWW client browser, open the file
'index.htm' at the top level directory of this DVD-ROM with your selected browser.
The HTML documentation is written utilizing some HTML 4.0 enhancements. The
disk should be viewable by all WWW browsers but may not properly format on some
older WWW browsers.
Also, some links to USGS collaborators and other agencies are available on this
DVD-ROM. These links are only accessible if access to the Internet is available
during browsing of the DVD-ROM.
The archived water gun subbottom data are in standard Society of Exploration Geologists
(SEG) SEG-Y format (Barry and others, 1975) and may be downloaded for processing
with software such as Seismic Unix or SIOSEIS. DOS and Microsoft Windows compatible
software for plotting SEG-Y files (PLOTSEIS) and viewing SEG-Y headers (DUMPSEGY)
is located in the PLOTSEIS directory. Processed water gun profiles (GIF images)
may be viewed on this DVD-ROM with your WWW browser.
Beginning in 1995, the USGS, in cooperation with the U.S Army
Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District, began a program to generate reconnaissance
maps of the sea floor offshore of the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area,
one of the most populated coastal regions of the United States. The goal of
this mapping program is to provide a regional synthesis of the sea-floor environment,
including a description of sedimentary environments, sediment texture, seafloor
morphology, and geologic history to aid in understanding the impacts of anthropogenic
activities, such as ocean dumping. This mapping effort differs from previous
studies of this area by obtaining digital, sidescan sonar images that cover
100 percent of the sea floor.
This investigation was motivated by the need to develop an environmentally acceptable
solution for the disposal of dredged material from the New York - New Jersey
Port, by the need to identify potential sources of sand for renourishment of
the southern shore of Long island, and by the opportunity to develop a better
understanding of the transport and long-term fate of contaminants by investigations
of the present distribution of materials discharged into the New York Bight
over the last 100+ years (Schwab and others, 1997). Data collected in 1996,
USGS cruise SEAX 96004, augments data collected in 1995 with sidescan sonar
and seismic reflection data collected within the New York Bight Apex region.
This report is an archive of the water gun seismic reflection data collected in
Subdirectory PLOTSEIS: This
directory contains the DOS programs for plotting SEG-Y files and viewing SEG-Y
Directory HTMLDOCS: Contains the necessary
HTML files and supporting graphics to allow the user access to the DVD-ROM via
any World Wide Web (WWW) browser.
Subdirectory SU: Contains the Seismic
Unix scripts used to process and plot the water gun subbottom data and
extract shot navigation from the SEG-Y headers
Directory IMAGES: Contains GIF and JPEG
images that are used by HTML hyperlinks.
Directory MAPS: This directory contains
basemap and shot navigation themes. The data may be displayed with ARCVIEW version
3.1 or above, or ARCEXPLORER. You may need to copy the directories to disk and
edit the .apr file in the PROJECT subdirectory to reflect the new directory
Subdirectory RAWNAV: This directory
contains raw DGPS navigation files as the data became available during the
Directory SEGY: Contains the water gun subbottom
data. These data were collected using a Seismic System Instruments 15 cu. in.
water gun source and ITI and Teledyne hydrophone streamers. The SEG-Y data were
logged on a MASSCOMP computer with the USGS Xseismics
acquisition system. The SEG-Y format is documented in HTML
Subdirectory SHOTNAV: Contains the shot
navigation data that were collected during the cruise using a USGS differential
Directory SEISIMAG: Contains the GIF format
files of the water gun subbottom profiles generated with Seismic
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Barry, R.M., Cavers, D.A., and Kneale, C.W., 1975, Recommended standards for
digital tape formats, Geophysics, v. 40, p. 344-352
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W.W., Foster, D.S., O'Brien, T.F., Nichols, D.R., Irwin, B.J., and Parolski, K.F.,
1997, Mapping the Sea Floor Geology Offshore of the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan
Area Using Sidescan-Sonar: Preliminary Report, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File
Report 97-61, 3 Sheets.
Zihlman, F.N., 1992a, DUMPSEGY V1.0: A program to examine the contents of SEG-Y
disk-image seismic data; U.S. Geological Survey Open File 92-590.
Zihlman, F.N., 1992b, PLOTSEGY V1.0: A DOS graphics program to display SEG-Y
disk-image seismic data; U.S. Geological Survey Open File 92-349A and 92-349B.