USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2002-061-FA

Other ID: MALLIK 5L-38

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William Winters

Affiliate Investigator(s): T.S. Collett - USGS-Denver; S.R. Dallimore - CGS; T. Uchida - JAPEX

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s):

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Three 1200 m deep wells will be drilled on Richards Island, Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada to explore the presence of subpermafrost gas hydrate. Gas hydrates have been of global interest during the past decade because of their potential impact on energy reserves, global climate change, continental margin slope stability and petroleum drilling hazards.


Start Date: 2002-02-15

Start Port/Location: Mallik site, Northwest Territories, Canada

End Date: 2002-03-15

End Port/Location: Mallik site, Northwest Territories, Canada

Equipment Used: Corer - gravity

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Gas hydrate production well: 1, 1200 m; Scientific observation wells: 2, 1200 m each; Sample: 50 pressure vessels and 4 Dewar flasks.

Staff: William Winters

Affiliate Staff:
T.S. Collett (USGS) - co-Ch. Scientist; Scott R. Dallimore (GSC) - Scientific leader; Takashi Uchida - JAPEX; Michael Weber - GeoForschungsZentrum

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Bill Winters - Physical properties, data management.


Mallik well site, Richards Island, Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada, North America;

North: 69.47 South: 69.44 West: -134.7 East: -134.65


Mallik 2002


Lee, M.W., and Waite, William F., 2008, Estimating pore-space gas hydrate saturations from well log acoustic data: Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, G3, v. 9 no. Q07008, doi: 10.1029/2008GC002081.

Wilcox-Cline, R., and Winters, W.J, 2011, The Influence of Grain Size on the Formation of Natural Gas Hydrate [abs.]: , 2011 Fall Meeing of the American Physical Society-American Assoc. for Physics Teachers-Society of Physics Students. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, November 18-19, 2011.

Winters, W.J., Dallimore, Scott R., Collett, Timothy S., Medioli, Barbara E., Matsumoto, Ryo, Katsube, T.J., and Brennan-Alpert, Patricia, 2005, Relationships of sediment physical properties from the JAPEX/JNOC/GSC and others Mallik 5L-38 gas hydrate production research well, in Dallimore, S.R., and Collett, T.S., eds., Scientific Results from the Mallik 2002 Gas Hydrate Production Research Well Program, Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada: Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 585, 9 p., URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Corer - gravity --- Geology