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Data Release

Archive of Digitized Analog Boomer Seismic Reflection Data Collected during USGS Cruise USFHC in Mississippi Sound and Bay St. Louis, September 1989

By Stephen T. Bosse, James G. Flocks, and Arnell S. Forde


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal and Marine Geology Program has actively collected geophysical and sedimentological data in the northern Gulf of Mexico for several decades, including shallow subsurface data in the form of high-resolution seismic reflection profiles (HRSP). Prior to the mid-1990s most HRSP data were collected in analog format as paper rolls of continuous profiles up to 25 meters long. As part of the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP,, and in collaboration with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Marine Minerals Program, scientists at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center are converting the analog paper records to digital format using a large-format continuous scanner. The scanned images were subsequently processed to fix distortions and crop out blank spaces prior to exporting as industry standard Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG-Y) formatted files.

This data release serves as an archive of HRSP profiles annotated with header information, converted SEG-Y files, navigation data, cruise trackline files, logbooks, as well as annotated/core location maps. The HRSP data were collected using a Huntec boomer seismic system onboard the Research Vessel (R/V) Ecoli. Geophysical surveys were conducted in collaboration with the University of South Florida (USF) between September 13 and 19, 1989. Data were acquired within Bay St. Louis and the adjacent Mississippi Sound offshore of Hancock County, Mississippi. Data collection and processing methods are described in USGS Data Series 1047 (


Bosse, S.T., Flocks, J.G., and Forde, A.S., 2017, Digitized analog boomer seismic-reflection data collected during U.S. Geological Survey cruises Erda 90-1_HC, Erda 90-1_PBP, and Erda 91-3 in Mississippi Sound, June 1990 and September 1991: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1047,



File Name and Description Metadata (XML format) Metadata (text format) Download File
Printable seismic profiles with headers containing cruise, line, and scanning information (.tif)
usfhc_metadata.xml usfhc_metadata.txt
(1.3 GB)
Processed seismic profile images with axis scales and headers (.pdf)
Same as above Same as above
(787 MB)
Society of Exploration Geophysicists formatted seismic data (.seg)
Same as above Same as above
(1.0 GB)
Cruise navigation data (.csv, .xls)
Same as above Same as above
(75.1 KB)
Cruise trackline shapefiles (.shp, .kmz)
Same as above Same as above
(87 KB)
Supplemental Information
Cruise Logbook (.pdf)
Not applicable Not applicable usfhc_Logbook.pdf
(9.6 MB)
Trackline map with core locations (.pdf)
Not applicable Not applicable usfhc_MapWithCores.pdf
(3 MB)
Results of seismic reflection survey (.pdf)
Not applicable Not applicable usfhc_FinalReport.pdf
(299 KB)
Trackline map with core locations and seafloor interpretations (.pdf)
Not applicable Not applicable usfhc_MapAnalysed.pdf
(215 MB)

Graphic map of tracklines from the R/V Ecoli cruise
Figure 1. Map of tracklines from the R/V Ecoli cruise.

Suggested Citation

Bosse, S.T., Flocks, J.G., and Forde, A.S., 2018, Archive of digitized analog boomer seismic reflection data collected during USGS cruise USFHC in Mississippi Sound and Bay St. Louis, September 1989: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

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