Sidescan Sonar Data From USGS Cruises

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Abstract: Data collected by SOund NAvigation and Ranging systems, commonly called sonar
data, are probably best known by the general public for their use in detection
of enemy vessels during wartime. However, the use of sonar data in the marine
realm has expanded to a great extent over the past few decades to include data
collected by side-looking sonar systems. Because sound travels in the
underwater ... View entire text
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Description: The USGS Woods Hole Field Center, on the Quissett Campus of the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is headquarters for
the northeastern section of the USGS' Coastal and Marine Geology Program.
Examples of projects in the Program include fundamental studies of the Earth's
crustal structure beneath the continental margins and studies of coastal
changes along the east coast of the United States.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 32.0   S: 32.0   E: -79.0   W: -79.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: U.S. Geological Survey
Dataset Title: Sidescan Sonar Data From USGS Cruises
Dataset Series Name: Open-File Reports
Dataset Release Date: 1997
Dataset Release Place: Reston, Virginia, USA
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Data Presentation Form: Reports and Imagery
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1997-02-24
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Survey's Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Center in Woods Hole,
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Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543-1598
Country: USA
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Bemis, B.L., Schwab, W.C., and Paskevich, V.F., 1997, Archive
of the ISIS sidescan sonar and navigation field data collected
on USGS cruise 97009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File
Report 97-485 [variously paged].
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-12-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-05-24
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