Shallow geology, sea-floor texture, and physiographic zones of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

Open-File Report 2014-1220
Prepared in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.
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Abstract

Geologic, sediment texture, and physiographic zone maps characterize the sea floor of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. These maps were derived from interpretations of seismic-reflection profiles, high-resolution bathymetry, acoustic-backscatter intensity, bottom photographs, and surficial sediment samples. The interpretation of the seismic stratigraphy and mapping of glacial and Holocene marine units provided a foundation on which the surficial maps were created. This mapping is a result of a collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to characterize the surface and subsurface geologic framework offshore of Massachusetts.

Suggested Citation

Foster, D.S., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Schwab, W.C., Ackerman, S.D., Andrews, B.D., Pendleton, E.A., 2016, Shallow geology, sea-floor texture, and physiographic zones of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts (ver. 1.1, June 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1220, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141220.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1 – Geospatial Data

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Shallow geology, sea-floor texture, and physiographic zones of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2014-1220
DOI 10.3133/ofr20141220
Edition Version 1.0: Originally posted January 7, 2015; Version 1.1: June 21, 2016
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description HTML Document
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Other Geospatial Buzzards Bay
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y