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Field Activity Details for field activity 2002-018-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William Dillon

Affiliate Investigator(s): Charles Paull, MBARI; Richard Coffin, NRL

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Giant piston coring for gas hydrate project.


Start Port/Location: Calica, Mexico

End Port/Location: Tampa, FL

Start Date: 2002-07-01

End Date: 2002-07-10

Equipment Used: GPS (wh), Corer - slow, Corer - gravity, Seismic reflection, Box corer

Information to be Derived: Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Giant box cores: 4, ~32 m; gravity heat flow: 21 penetrations, 9 sta, ~57 m; Calypso piston cores: 17, ~500 m; pore water samples: 458; water content/geotechnical samples: ~1100.

Staff: William Waite, William Winters

Affiliate Staff:
Thomas Lorenson
Co-Chief Scientist (USGS-Menlo); Jennifer Dougherty (USGS-Menlo); James Flocks (USGS-St. Pete); Pat Hart (USGS-Menlo); John Pohlman (College of William and Mary); Steve Hallam
Randy Keaten
Patrick Mitts
Charlie Paull
Bill Ussler (MBARI); Olya Boldini (Moscow State U.); Efthymios Tripsanas (Texas A&M); Ivana Novosel (U. Victoria
British Columbia); Yifeng Chen (U. Tokyo)

Notes: D102GM Cores archived at University of Southern Florida: 2550, 2551; cores archived in European French repository (LSCE): 2533, 2534, 2548, 2549, 2552, 2558, 2574, 2575, and 2576; cores archived at Texas A&M: all remaining.


Tunica Mound, Pigmy Basin, Orca Basin, Bush Hill, Mississippi Canyon, north central Gulf of Mexico, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 28.5 South: 20 West: -95 East: -81.85


photo of Marion-Dufresne


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, CD-ROM, URL:

Twichell, D.C., Cross, VeeAnn A., Paskevich, Valerie F., Hutchinson, Deborah R., Winters, William J., and Hart, Patrick E., 2007, GIS of selected geophysical and core data in the northern Gulf of Mexico continental slope collected by the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1071, DVD-ROM, URL:

Waite, W.F., Santamarina, J.C., Cortes, D.D., Dugan, B., Espinoza, D.N., Germaine, J., Jang, J., Jung, J.W., Kneafsey, T.J., Shin, H., Soga, K., Winters, W.J., and Yun, T-S., 2009, Physical properties of hydrate-bearing sediments: Reviews of Geophysics, v. 47 no. RG4003, 38 p., doi: 10.1029/2008RG000279.

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., Lorenson, T.D., Paull, C.K., Balut, Y., Boldina, O.M., Bout-Roumazeilles, V., Brunner, C.A., Chen, Y., Cooper, A., Dearmay, J.L., Geli, L., Hart, P.E., Kirby, S.H., Labails, C., Lynch, F.L., Matsumoto, R., Novosel, I., Rogers, R.E., Stern, L.A., Sultan, N., Trentesaux, A., and Ussler, W.I., 2007, Initial report of the IMAGES VIII/PAGE 127 gas hydrate and paleoclimate cruise on the RV MARION DUFRESNE in the Gulf of Mexico, 2-18 July 2002, Winters, W.J., Lorenson, T.D., and Paull, C.K., eds. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1358, DVD-ROM, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Corer - slow --- Geology
2002-018-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Seismic reflection --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Corer - gravity --- Geology
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
2002-018-FA-LN-001 ( Cruise Navigation (text file))
Box corer --- Biology

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