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Field Activity Details for field activity 2006-004-FA

Other ID: NGHP-01

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, Chief Scientist; National Gas Hydrate Programs

Information Specialist(s): William Winters

Data Type(s): Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Drill, core, log, and conduct seismic ops in sedimentary basins containing potential gas hydrate deposits.


Start Port/Location: Chennai, India

End Port/Location: Singapore, Indonesia

Start Date: 2006-06-06

End Date: 2006-08-21

Equipment Used: Well drilling, Mini-vane shear machine

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Core samples were collected from the Krishna-Godavari Basin at the eastern continental margin of India.

Staff: Robert Barton, Philip Bernard, David Mason

Affiliate Staff:
Tom Lorenson (USGS-Menlo Park
gas geochemistry)

Notes: Entire cruise (3 legs): 04/29/06 - 08/19/06. Cruise information is proprietary until 2008, when it will be made public. This is a cooperative program between the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Gas Hydrate Program of India and the U.S. Dept. of Energy Gas Hydrate Program. Original Center People field contained: P.J. Bernard, Bob Barton - shipping; Dave Mason - cruise logistics.
Project = Gas Hydrates offshore India, Gas Hydrates offshore India


Indian Ocean;

North: 13.5 South: 2 West: 80.05 East: 104


photo of Joides Resolution
Joides Resolution


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., Waite, W.F., Mason, D.H., and Kumar, P., 2008, Physical properties of repressurized samples recovered during the 2006 National Gas Hydrate Program expedition offshore India: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, , doi: 10.14288/1.0041098.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Mini-vane shear machine --- Geology
Well drilling --- Geology
2006-004-FA-SC-001 ( sediment drill)

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