Other ID: AMCOR 1976
Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Principal Investigator(s): John S. Schlee, John C. Hathaway
Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation
Scientific Purpose/Goals: The U.S. Geological Survey Atlantic Margin Coring Project, 1976, a 60-day expedition to obtain core samples by drilling beneath the floor of the Continental Shelf and Slope of the eastern United States, was carried out in July, August and September 1976. The purpose of the program was to obtain reliable data for appraisals of environmental conditions and offshore resources. Objectives included measuring geotechnical and engineering properties of the shelf sediments, defining freshwater aquifers offshore, collecting information on possible resources such as phosphates, sand and gravel deposits, and calibrating existing geophysical data. Additional information was sought on the regional extent of geologic units, the stratigraphic column, characteristics and ages of the sediments, variance of the geochemical baseline, and zones of slope stability or potential instability. The work was carried out aboard D/V GLOMAR CONCEPTION with the assistance of the M/V L'OLONNOIS in making seismic site surveys, anchoring the drilling vessel, and transporting supplies and equipment.
Start Date: 1976-07-21
Start Port/Location: Port Arthur, TX
End Date: 1976-09-19
End Port/Location: offshore Atlantic City, NJ
Equipment Used: Corer - slow, Well drilling, Loran-C
Information to be Derived: Morphology; Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis;
Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: One major finding was the discovery of relatively fresh water (salinities < 3 ppt) extending beneath the Continental Shelf as much as 60 nautical miles seaward from New Jersey coast. Water of about 1 ppt salinity was found beneath the shelf more than 7 nautical miles off Ocean City, MD and Barnegat Inlet, NJ. Analyses for light hydrocarbons in cores show highest concentrations (as much as 412,000 ppm) at sites in water deeper than 200 meters (shelf-slope break) principally in Pleistocene sediments, although methane concentrations > 400,000 ppm were found in Miocene sediments at one site near shelf edge. July 28 ship visited by R/V GEORGE T. BAGBY, GA Dept. Nat. Res., Larry Hand, Larry D. Smith; Sam M. Pickering - GA Geol. Survey; journalists: Bill Mahan - Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Robert Lamb - Atlanta Constitution, Harry Franklin - Columbus Enquirer. Aug. 17 visit via helicoptor by Tracey, Edgar, Roseboom, Hazel - USGS-Reston. Sep. 14 visited via helicoptor by Robert Rowland, Bill Dize, photographer - USGS-Reston. Well Cores: 19 (well #6002, 6004, 6004B, 6005, 6005B, 6006, 6007, 6007B, 6008, 6009, 6009B, 6010, 6011, 6012, 6013, 6013B, 6014, 6015, 6016, 6016B, 6017, 6018, 6019, 6019B, 6020, 6021, 6021B, 6021C; 1020 m in 380 cores). Site 3 encountered resistant strata (no recovery). Attempt in Gulf Stream on Blake Plateau unsuccessful because 3 knot current shook drill string.
Staff: Michael Bothner, Lawrence Poppe, Page Valentine, John S. Schlee, John C. Behrendt, Frank T. Manheim, Harley J. Knebel, John C. Hathaway, Claude (Wylie) Poag, Barbara Tausey, Nancy Hardin, Raymond E. Hall, Francis A. Kohout, Robert E. Miller, Robert F. Commeau, Patricia Forrestel, Susan Barton, Janet Paquette
Notes: Original Center People field contained: Chief Scientists: John Hathaway, Jul. 16 - Aug. 13 and Sep. 1-19, 1976; John Schlee, Aug. 14-31, 1976. Paleontologists: C.Wylie Poag, Page C. Valentine, Charles C. Smith, Raymond E. Hall; Sedimentologists: E.G.A. Weed, Penelope M. Hanshaw, Nancy Hardin, Mario J. Carnavalle, Harley Knebel, Peter A. Scholle, John Behrendt; Water Chemists: Frank Manheim, Francis A. Kohout, James M. Weigle, Robert Schoen, Mike Bothner; Organic Chemists: David M. Schultz, David D. Brandon, Robert E. Miller; Chief Tech.: Robert F. Commeau; Core Tech.: Lawrence J. Poppe, Patricia L. Forrestel, John M. Dunley, Anna C. Sundberg, Paul W. Cousins, Martha H. Winsor, Barbara Tausey, Randy J. Fabro, Susan J. Purdy; Secretaries: Katheryn M. Seitsinger, Janet L. Gelinas, Sandra C. Merchant. All scientific party transferred by helicopter or attending vessel L'OLONNOIS (FA 76028) on July 21, Aug. 8-9 (Hurricane Belle), Aug. 12, 14, 21, 24, 29, 30, 31, Sep. 2, 13, 19, 1976.
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