During the winter and spring of 1987, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences of the United Kingdom, collected approximately 31,350 line kilometers (km) of magnetic data and approximately 32,280 line km of bathymetric data in the U.S. Atlantic Margin Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Southern Blake Escarpment, and Nova Scotia Rise (Fig. 1). Collected simultaneously with the magnetic and bathymetric data was a suite of geophysical data. These geophysical datasets will be released at a later date and include GLORIA (Geological LOng-Range Inclined Asdic) sidescan-sonar digital image data, 3.5 kilohertz (kHz) high-resolution sub-bottom profiler records, 10 kHz bottom profiler records from which bathymetric data were derived, and two channel seismic-reflection profiles. Survey line spacing was about 25 km in water depths exceeding 3,000 meters (m) and gradually decreased to less than 5 km in 200 m water depths. No areas were surveyed with depths shallower than 200 m. Orientation of the tracklines varies with respect to the trend of the bathymetric contours for each of the five legs (Fig.l).
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