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Summary for Field Activity Number 1976-048-FA

Area of Operations: Nantucket Shoals, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: December 22, 1976 to December 29, 1976

Objectives: This WHITEFOOT cruise was planned in response to the ARGO MERCHANT oil spill. Objectives were to deploy 1 current meter mooring (#123) and 1 tripod (#121) to determine subsurface flow pattern over Nantucket Shoals to predict and hindcast oil spill trajectories and monitor bottom conditions, particularly to observe any oil sinking to the bottom; and to obtain bottom grab samples at several shallow locations to determine if any oil was reaching the bottom.

Type of Activity: Sampling
Mooring work

Information to be derived: Time series data
Samples and chemical analysis

Summary: Tripod deployed: 1 (#121 recovered FA 77009 WHITEFOOT Mar. 8 - Apr. 17, 1977); Current meter deployed: 1 (#123 recovered FA 77009 WHITEFOOT Mar. 8 - Apr. 17, 1977); Samples: 2.


Contact: Brad Butman (

Map for Area of Operations :

Map of field activity boundary.

Platform Info:
photo of WHITEFOOT
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