High-resolution seismic-reflection profiling data from the inner continental shelf of southeastern Massachusetts

Open-File Report 80-178
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Abstract

Six hundred-seventy kilometers of closely spaced high-resolution seismic-­reflection data have been collected from eastern Rhode Island Sound and Vineyard Sound, Mass, by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works. These data were obtained during the June 1975 cruise of the R/V ASTERIAS as part of a continuing regional study of the Massachusetts offshore area to assess potential mineral resources, to evaluate environmental impact of mining of resources and of offshore disposal of solid waste and harbor dredge-spoil materials, and to map the offshore geology and shallow structure.

The data were obtained by using a surface-towed EG&G Unit Pulse Boomer* (300 joules: 400 Hz-8kHz frequency) sound source. Reflected acoustic energy was detected by a 4.6-m, a-element hydrophone array, was amplified, was actively filtered (400 Hz-4kHz bandpass), and was graphically displayed on an EPC* dry paper recorder at a 0.25-second sweep rate. System resolution was generally 1 to 1.5 m. Navigational control was provided by Loran C (posi­tional accuracy within 0.2 km) and was supplemented by radar and visual fixes. Positional information was logged at 15-minute intervals and at major course changes.

The original records may be examined at the Data Library, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Microfilm copies of the data are available for purchase from the National Geophysical and Solar-Terrestrial Data Center (NGSDC), Boulder, CO 80302.

Suggested Citation

O'Hara, C.J., 1980, High-resolution seismic-reflection profiling data from the inner continental shelf of southeastern Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 1980-178, https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr80178.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title High-resolution seismic-reflection profiling data from the inner continental shelf of southeastern Massachusetts
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 80-178
DOI 10.3133/ofr80178
Edition -
Year Published 1980
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description 2 leaves :map ;28 cm.
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