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Field Activity Details for field activity 2004-021-FA

Other ID: PE-04-49; P1-04-GM

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Deborah Hutchinson

Affiliate Investigator(s): Rob Evans - WHOI

Information Specialist(s): Deborah Hutchinson

Data Type(s): Sonar: Single Beam, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Video, Electro-Magnetic: Resistivity

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect bottom camera and electrical resistivity data across two possible gas hydrate mounds in the Mississippi Canyon, northern Gulf of Mexico, as part of a site survey for the JIP/DOE Gas Hydrates Drilling Program.


Start Port/Location: Cocodrie, LA

End Port/Location: Cocodrie, LA

Start Date: 2004-06-20

End Date: 2004-06-23

Equipment Used: DGPS, Echosounder, Resistivity Profiler, Video camera - deep sea

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This was a successful cruise with 5973 bottom images collected on four tows; the EM data fulfilled the objective of showing proof of concept for the system (17 km on 9 lines).

Staff: Lauren Gilbert, John Evans

Affiliate Staff:
Rob Evans
WHOI - chief sci.; Dan Fornari
WHOI - camera scientist; Mike Boyle
USGS-MP - navigation
tech. support; Marshall Swartz
WHOI - camera tech.; Alan Gardner
WHOI - EM tech.; Jennifer Dougherty
USGS-MP - watch

Notes: This is a follow-up cruise to G1-03-GM (WH field activity 03001). This cruise is only at the Atwater Valley site in the Mississippi Canyon. The bottom camera work is the USGS portion (contracted to WHOI). The bottom resistivity is not USGS, but is part of the larger gas hydrates program in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Original Center People field contained: Lauren Gilbert - watch; John Evans - watch, camera navigation.
Project = USGS Gas Hydrates, USGS Gas Hydrates


Atwater Valley, Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 27.97693088 South: 27.90461022 West: -89.3195 East: -89.21488342


photo of Pelican


Crusius, J., Bratton, John, and Charette, Matt, 2005, Putting radon to work; identifying coastal ground-water discharge sites: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1381, 2 p., URL:

Ellis, M., Evans, R.L., Hutchinson, D., Hart, P., Gardner, J., and Hagen, R., 2008, Electromagnetic surveying of seafloor mounds in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 25 no. 9, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2007.12.006.

Evans, J., Fornari, Dan, Gilbert, Lauren, Boyle, Mike, Dougherty, Jennifer, and Hutchinson, Deborah R., 2005, Archive of raw bottom photographs collected during Cruise P1-04-GM, Northern Gulf of Mexico, 21-24 June, 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1285, 2 DVD-ROMs, URL:

Ruppel, C., Boswell, R., and Jones, E., 2008, Scientific results from Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates Joint Industry Project Leg 1 drilling; introduction and overview: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 25 no. 9, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2008.02.007.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Resistivity Profiler --- Resistivity
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Echosounder --- Single Beam
DGPS --- Navigation

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