Skip Navigation
USGS - science for a changing world

Woods Hole Science Center

Skip Navigation

Summary for Field Activity Number 1970-002-FA

Alternate Leg ID: LULU 31

Area of Operations: Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: Mar 12, 1970 to Mar 17, 1970

Objectives: Test the capability of using the ship for scientific work (previously she has been used only as the tender for ALVIN); and obtain geophysical data in Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds, Buzzards Bay, and Cape Cod Bay.

Type of Activity: Seismic profiling

Information to be derived: Morphology

Summary: The scientific results were good. The 10 cubic inch airgun and the time variable gain, a feature of the recorder, allowed recognition of basement in Nantucket Sound. The large airgun provided enough energy to penetrate the 100 to 300 meters of sediment and the time variable gain suppressed the multiples that usually mask the data. Throughout the cruise, detail in the upper sediments (Holocene) was sacrificed to obtain good basement reflections. Originally a 3.5 kc echo sounding system was to be used to obtain this detail, but the system and a means for towing were not available at the time of sailing. The basement morpholgy in Nantucket Sound can be recognized in the records. Several deep valleys were seen and the depth to basement appears to check reasonably with depths determined by land-based refraction data. Several horizons can be seen above the basement and in some places deep valleys are cut into the sediments. Basement was easily recognized in Buzzards Bay where it was highly irregular. Several horizons can be recognized in the overlying sediments where basement is deep. The records from Cape Cod Bay showed flat-lying sediments over an irregular basement. Several valleys were seen cut into the basement and in the sediments.

USGS Project Number: MA CO-OP

Contact: Bob Oldale (

Map for Area of Operations :

Map of field activity boundary.

Platform Info:
photo of LULU
Skip Navigation

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

We are part of the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program. Please visit our other science centers at:

  1. St. Petersburg, FL
  2. Menlo Park, CA

or search our web sites:

Data Sites

Skip USGS links group

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo USAGov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
End of USGS links group
Page Contact Information: WHSC Webmaster
Page Last Modified: Tuesday, 25-Nov-2014 09:26:05 EST