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Open-File Report 2014–1220

Prepared in cooperation with the
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

Shallow Geology, Sea-Floor Texture, and Physiographic Zones of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

By David S. Foster, Wayne E. Baldwin, Walter A. Barnhardt, William C. Schwab, Seth D. Ackerman, Brian D. Andrews, and Elizabeth A. Pendleton

Thumbnail of map showing elevation of the top of glacial deposits of western Buzzards Bay; link to reportAbstract

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.

First posted January 7, 2015

Revised June 21, 2016

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Woods Hole, MA 02543

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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,

ISSN 2331–1258 (online)









References Cited

Appendix 1 – Geospatial Data

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