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Maps and seismic profiles showing geology of the inner continental shelf, Cape Ann, Massachusetts to New Hampshire

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1892

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Abstract

This interpretation of the geology of the Inner Continental Shelf from Cape Ann, Mass. to New Hampshire (fig. 1) is based on high-resolution seismic-reflection surveys conducted in 1979 and 1980 as part of a cooperative program between the Massachusetts Department of Public Works and the U.S. Geological Survey. Seismic data were collected aboard the RV Gilliss along 104 kilometers (km) of widely spaced trackline (fig. 2). These tracks trend subparallel to the coast. About 290 km cf trackline, spaced approximately 2 km apart and oriented roughly normal to the coast, were taken aboard the RV Asterias (fig. 2).

Early studies in the western Gulf of Maine have outlined the general geology and geologic history of the region. Seismic-reflection data have defined the major stratigraphic units and unconformities (Oldale and Uchupi, 1970; Ballard and Uchupi, 1972; Oldale and others, 1973). Two long cores provided information on the glacial and postglacial sediments in the deep offshore basins (Tucholke and Hollister, 1973). Generalized bottom-sediment type and distribution were determined by Schlee and others (1973) and by Folger and others (1975). Investigations on land, which have provided information on the late Quaternary history of the offshore area, include descriptions of ice retreat and marine submergence (Bloom, 1963; Smith, 1982; Stone and Peper, 1982; Thompson, 1982). Radiocarbon dates from coastal marsh peats have established the middle to late Holocene sea-level-rise history (McIntire and Morgan, 1964; Keene, 1971). Submarine moraincs that recently were recognized off Cape Ann provide additional information on the nature and chronology of ice retreat (Oldale, 1985a). A submerged delta of the Merrimack River and a submerged barrier spit have been used to establish an early IIolocene lowstand of 588 level of about 50 meters (m) below present sea level (Oldale and others, 1983; Oldale, 1985b).

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Maps and seismic profiles showing geology of the inner continental shelf, Cape Ann, Massachusetts to New Hampshire
Series title:
Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series number:
1892
Year Published:
1987
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Description:
2 Plates: 54.35 x 41.15 inches and 38.77 x 38.20 inches
Country:
United States
State:
Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Scale:
0
Online Only (Y/N):
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Additional Online Files (Y/N):
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