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Summary for Field Activity Number 1986-010-FA

Alternate Leg ID: JL-86-1

Area of Operations: Jackson Lake, Wyoming, United States, North America

Dates: July 07, 1986 to July 23, 1986

Objectives: Collection of high-resolution seismic reflection, bathymetry, and sidescan sonar data and cores to find and interpret submerged shorelines in Jackson Lake. The lake occupies a tectonic basin dominated by an active, high-angle normal fault along the western margin of the lake and the eastern side of the Teton Range. Each major fault displacement apparently results in subsidence of the lake basin and tilting to the west. These earthquake events should be recorded by successive submerged, westward-tilted shorelines.

Type of Activity: Sampling
Seismic profiling
Sea floor mapping

Information to be derived: Sea Floor Map

Summary: Although plagued by bad weather, difficult logistics, and navigation problems, the cruise was generally successful. Submerged shoreline features were clearly observed on both the seismic and sidescan sonar records. Interpretation and mapping of these features will be required before these features can be related to earthquake events. Coring efforts were only partially successful; cores of Holocene lake clay were recovered, but this material was generally stiff and difficult to penetrate. No cores reached underlying coarser material associated with the submerged shorelines.

USGS Project Number: (BCRG)

Contact: Steve Colman (

InfoBank: uses the identifier J-1-86-WY. Visit this site for more information.

Map for Area of Operations :

Map of field activity boundary.

Platform Info:

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

Paper seismic/sidescan bottom profiles:

Inventory #LinesFolderStart TimeEnd TimeProfile TypeRemarks
041171-5 00111:05 07/10/198616:57 07/10/1986 GEOP-
04117TEST 00116:34 07/09/198617:27 07/09/1986 GEOP-
041186-12 00212:21 07/11/198616:56 07/11/1986 GEOP-
0411913-25 00313:07 07/12/198616:24 07/12/1986 GEOP-
0412026-31 00410:41 07/14/198612:22 07/14/1986 GEOP-
0412133-48 00509:36 07/15/198613:55 07/15/1986 GEOP-
0412249-56 00610:05 07/16/198611:36 07/16/1986 GEOP-
0412358-75, 78-83 00709:03 07/17/198615:50 07/17/1986 GEOP-
041242-5 00111:50 07/10/198616:57 07/10/1986 SSS-
041256-12 00212:20 07/11/198616:56 07/11/1986 SSS-
0412613-22, 24-25 00313:07 07/12/198616:24 07/12/1986 SSS-
0412726-31 00410:41 07/14/198612:20 07/14/1986 SSS-
0412832-48 00508:36 07/15/198613:55 07/15/1986 SSS-
0412949-57 00610:05 07/16/198611:48 07/16/1986 SSS-
0413058-65 00708:17 07/17/198610:06 07/17/1986 SSS-
0413165-76, 78-81 00810:08 07/17/198614:10 07/17/1986 SSS-
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