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Summary for Field Activity Number 1985-030-FA

Alternate Leg ID: 85-12

Area of Operations: Merrimack River, New Hampshire, Northeast Harbor, Blue Hill Bay, Frenchman Bay, Maine, Gulf of Maine, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: September 09, 1985 to September 23, 1985

Objectives: LEG 1, 09/09-11/1985 - Study of sand sheet and ridges atop submerged delta of the Merrimack River using the hybrid Uniboom/GeoPulse seismic profiler. LEG 2, 09/11-23/1985 - Continue seismic profiling in Blue Hill and Frenchman Bays, Maine.

Type of Activity: Sampling
Seismic profiling

Information to be derived: Samples and Chemical Analysis

Summary: The New England Nearshore Geology project's Annual Fall Foliage Cruise took place between the 9th and 23rd of September. The first leg, under the command of Novice Chief Scientist Jody Edwards, studied the sand sheet and ridges atop the submerged delta of the Merrimack River using the hybrid Uniboom/GeoPulse seismic profiler. The God Neptune did not favor Chief Scientist Edwards and he suffered much bad weather. All the gods were with Aging Chief Scientist Bob Oldale, lovely GFA Monica Webster, and Ace Technician Ken Parolski as they left Gloucester and were taken north, enroute to Northeast Harbor via Booth Bay Harbor, ME, by Captain Dick Colburn. This second part of the cruise took place in Blue Hill and Frenchman Bays under a long-lived high pressure system that provided bright blue skies, calm wind, and clear cool nights. The profiler wokred to perfection, accompanied by magnificent view of Mount Desert Island resplendent in brilliant fall colors. The Last Night Out dinner, served on the back deck of the ASTERIAS, consisted of salad, french bread, wine, and boiled lobster. Eat your hearts out. Uniboom/GeoPulse data: 352 km.


Contact: Bob Oldale (

InfoBank: uses the identifier A-12-85-ME. Visit this site for more information.

Map for Area of Operations :

Map of field activity boundary.

Platform Info:
photo of ASTERIAS

The following materials for this field activity are available in the Information Archives:

Paper seismic/sidescan bottom profiles:

Inventory #LinesFolderStart TimeEnd TimeProfile TypeRemarks
040751-3 00107:50 09/14/198511:55 09/14/1985 UNI- 500HZ-5KHZ
040754-19,51-55,1,* 00112:00 09/14/198511:18 09/16/1985 UNI- 500HZ-5KHZ*20,21
0407650-74 00208:05 09/19/198516:43 09/19/1985 UNI- 500HZ-5KHZ
0407622-49 00211:24 09/16/198517:45 09/17/1985 UNI- 500HZ-5KHZ
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