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 23 - Day 7 - Status Report
23 April 2005 - On location at Atwater Valley Block 14
Location: On location Atwater Valley Block 14
Science Update: No new results, waiting on data from LWD well. Unpacked and distributed special protective equipment of handling hydrate cores (Kevlar aprons, face shields). A gas hydrate sampling and storage plan was developed and implemented. Cold spots indicated by IR scan will be cut out as whole rounds, and samples of gas hydrate extruded during core handling will be stored in Parr pressure vessels or in liquid nitrogen dewars. Appropriate bags and labels are on hand.
Plans: Continue getting ready for cores on Sunday
Planning and Data Sheet for AT14 - #1 [PDF-10KB]
Includes Scientific objectives for this drill site.
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]