USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2010-107-LW

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

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Location: Gas Hydrate Laboratory, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Science Center, 384 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543

Principal Investigator(s): William Waite

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Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Wave

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Establish a means of calibrating wave speed measurements made in hydrate-bearing sand by the primary institutions conducting physical property measurements in hydrate-bearing sediment.


Start Date: 2010-08-10

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End Date: 2011-04-08

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Equipment Used: Pig (High-pressure, wave speed measurement cell)

Information to be Derived: Physical property data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This activity is part of an Interlaboratory Comparison Project designed to compare wave speed measurements made in different laboratories, but on identical samples. Data include waveforms measured with shear-wave transducers on dry sand, water-damp sand, fully water-saturated sand, frozen sand, and hydrate-bearing sand. Results are combined with those from 7 other laboratories in an excel spreadsheet and analyzed in a paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (July 17-21, 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland).


Affiliate Staff:

Project = USGS Gas Hydrates GHASTLI,

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W. F. Waite, J.C.S., M. Rydzy, S.H. Chong, J.L.H. Grozic, K. Hester, J. Howard, T.J. Kneafsey, J.Y. Lee, S. Nakagawa, J. Priest, E. Rees, C. Koh, E.D. Sloan, A. Sultaniya, 2011, Inter-laboratory comparison of wave velocity measures. 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, .

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Pig (High-pressure, wave speed measurement cell) --- Wave