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.
April 20 - Day 4 - Status Report
20 April 2005 - On location at Atwater Valley Block 13
Location: On location Atwater Valley Block 13
Science Update: Logging scientists busy collecting and interpreting real-time pulsed data on currently drilling AT13#1 Logging While Drilling (LWD) hole. Core handling teams reviewed procedures and job assignments for processing and sampling FHPC/FC (nonpressurized) cores. Others in science party continued setting up and calibrating lab equipment.
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Going Into the Water
Plans: Night shift core handling team will go through dry run of core processing procedures on empty core liner. Science meeting tomorrow will cover handling of pressurized cores and protocols for distribution and preservation of any hydrate samples recovered in nonpressurized cores.
Planning and Data Sheet for AT13 - #1 [PDF-10KB]
Includes Scientific objectives for this drill site.
Day 4 Photos [PowerPoint] - 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]