USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2007-010-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William Winters

Affiliate Investigator(s): Tim Collett - USGS-Denver

Information Specialist(s): William Winters

Data Type(s): Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Sampling: Chemistry, Seismics: Air Gun / Water Gun, Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Bubble Gun, Seismics: Sparker, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Study gas hydrates in a natural reservoir.


Start Date: 2007-02-05

Start Port/Location: near Milne Pt., AK

End Date: 2007-02-18

End Port/Location: near Milne Pt., AK

Equipment Used: Grab sampler, Water sampler, Geomechanique streamer

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Actual travel dates: 28 Jan. 2007 to 16 Feb. 2007 for WHSC personnel. Field work was preceded by safety training in Anchorage. Assortment of activities related to acquisition of natural sediment samples with and without gas hydrate in the pore space. Well logs. Sediment and pore-content analyses in the field and home-based laboratories including: physical properties, gas and pore-water geochemistry. Summary of activities is provided in the U.S. Dept. of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory newsletter.

Staff: Philip Bernard, David Mason, William Waite, William Winters

Affiliate Staff:
Tim Collett - USGS-Denver; Warren Agena - USGS-Denver; Tom Lorenson - USGS-Denver; Bob Hunter - ASRC; Larry Vendl - BPX; Micaela Weeks - BPX; Ray Boswell - NETL/DOE; Kelly Rose - NETL/DOE; Eilis Rosenbaum - NETL/DOE; Rajeev Sinha - DGH; Dennis Gamberg - OMNI; Grant Mabry - OMNI; Rick Colwell - OSU; Marta Torres - OSU

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Bill Winters (Science - field); Bill Waite (Science - field); Dave Mason (Logistics); P.J. Bernard (Shipping).
Project = BP Exploration (Alaska) Mount Elbert 01 well, BP Exploration (Alaska) Mount Elbert 01 well


Milne Point, Simpson Sound, North Slope, Alaska, United States, Beaufort Sea, North America, Arctic Ocean;

North: 70.45565 South: 70.45465 West: -149.411 East: -149.40972


photo of Doyon 14 Drill Rig
Doyon 14 Drill Rig


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.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Grab sampler --- Biology
Water sampler --- Chemistry
Geomechanique streamer --- Temperature