USGS - science for a changing world

Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center

Farallones Disposal Issues

Publications - Video Information

The video Oceanfloor Legacy: A Critical Juncture documents the efforts of the U.S. Geological Survey to survey and characterize the seafloor offshore of the San Francisco Bay area for the purpose of providing scientific data to aid the public and the public's representatives in making informed decisions about the multiple uses planned for this offshore region. This work was done in partnership with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Navy. The video is designed for a general audience and shows a variety of scientific equipment as it is used to collect information about the seafloor. The video shows scientists, technicians, and ship's crew at work on the research vessel Farnella. The public can get a sense of life at sea on a research vessel. Of special interest is the account of the efforts to find barrels of radioactive waste that litter the seafloor west of the Farallon Islands. The video, about 30 minutes in length, has been broadcast on PBS and was been awarded a Student Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Copies of the video are available for loan from the U.S. Geological Survey Library, 345 Middlefield Road, Mail Stop 501, Menlo Park, CA 94025 by contacting Mike Moore at (650) 329-5009, FAX (650) 329-5132, E-mail:

Farallons Home Contents Western Coastal and Marine Geology Home Page Search

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: PCMSC Web Team
Page Last Modified: 22 July 2009 (lzt)