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 24 - Day 8 - Status Report
24 April 2005 - Moving from Atwater Valley Block 14 back to Block 13
Location: Moving from Atwater Valley Block 14 back to Block 13
Science Update: Logging Scientist has provided the science party with a preliminary interpretation of the LWD results from AT14#1. The caliper log shows good to very good hole conditions, with some breakouts or washouts in the deeper part of the hole. The gamma-ray log indicates clay-dominated muds with no sands. Porosities from density are high, with no consistent trends. Resistivity logs are very good, with no obvious indications of gas hydrates. There is a shift to lower resistivity values at the approximate depth (200 mbsf) of the penetration of the side of the diapiric feature underlying Mound F near AT14#1. This could indicate low concentrations disseminated gas hydrate or free gas.
Working with Push Cores from AT14 - #1
Plans: First Fugro Hydraulic Piston Corer (FHPC) core is expected tomorrow AM. Making final preparations to receive, process, sample and store cores.
Planning and Data Sheet for AT14 - #1 [PDF-10KB]
Planning and Data Sheet for AT13 - #1 [PDF-10KB]
Includes Scientific objectives for these drill sites
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]