The National Methane Hydrates R&D Program
The DOE/JIP Gulf of Mexico Hydrate Research Cruise
During this expedition we will maintain a log of information relayed from the chief Scientist on the expedition. Whenever possible, images will be displayed along with the text.
May 2 - Day 16 - Status Report
2 May 2005 - On Location Atwater Valley Block 13 - core analyses
Location: On location Atwater Valley Block 13#2
Science Update: No new results. Waiting on seabed frame repair and deployment. Some gas samples from AT13#2 were taken to labs at USGS Menlo Park by an early returning member of the Science party. When these samples were analyzed on a more sensitive gas chromatograph, they gave comparable results except for the detection of very small amounts (1-2 ppm) of propane and traces of butanes, which were not detected on the less sensitive shipboard GC.
Plans: Plans remain the same--move to AT14#2 and begin coring as soon as possible.
Planning and Data Sheet for AT14 - #2 [PDF-10KB]
Planning and Data Sheet for AT13 - #2 [PDF-10KB]
Includes Scientific objectives for these drill sites
Day 16 Photo Gallery - Photos by NETL scientist showing core analyses process and equipment
Day 12 Photo Gallery - Photos by NETL scientist showing core retrieval and processing
Day 10 Photo Gallery - Pressurized core prior to transfer to lab and seabed frame preparation
Day 6 Photo Gallery - Working with push cores and ROV photos of sample collection at AT 14
Day 4 Photo Gallery - Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), Sampling, Core Handling
Day 3 Photo Gallery - Preparation for Drilling
Day 2 Photo Gallery Loading the Uncle John [PowerPoint]
The drill ship out to sea - Setting up the lab [PowerPoint]