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Field Activity Details for field activity 2008-004-FA

Other ID: NBP0805; P-1-08-AN

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Investigator(s): Laura Robinson, WHOI

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Multichannel, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sea floor mapping (using multibeam sonar and deep-towed camera) and sampling (by dredge and trawl) of fossil and live cold-water corals for paleo-oceanographic and ecological studies.


Start Port/Location: Punta Arenas, Chile

End Port/Location: Punta Arenas, Chile

Start Date: 2008-04-18

End Date: 2008-05-25

Equipment Used: GPS (wh), Grab sampler, Multichannel seismics, Echosounder, CTD, Camera- deep sea, Digital camera

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Multibeam bathymetry was collected continuously. 6 TOWCAM transects completed. 3 CTDs completed. 51 trawls and dredges deployed and rocks, corals, and other animals photographed and preserved. See bound cruise report for more information.

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: All multibeam and photographic data and fossil coral specimens will be archived at WHOI. Modern coral specimens will be archived at University of Hawaii. A separate scientific party from the University of Texas shared the shiptime. They collected multibeam bathymetry, underway magnetics and multichannel seismics and dredged rock samples. Those data are not part of this project and are archived at Univ. of Texas (PIs: Ian Dalziel and Larry Lawver). Original Center People field contained: Kathy Scanlon (co-PI, Geologist); Dann Blackwood (Photographer).
Project = Drake Passage Habitats, Drake Passage Habitats


Drake Passage, Southern Ocean;

North: -55 South: -63 West: -70 East: -37


photo of Nathaniel B Palmer
Nathaniel B Palmer


Burke, A., Robinson, Laura F., McNichol, Ann P., Jenkins, William J., Scanlon, Kathryn M., and Gerlach, Dana S., 2010, Reconnaissance dating; a new radiocarbon method applied to assessing the temporal distribution of Southern Ocean deep-sea corals: Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, v. 57 no. 11, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2010.07.010.

Hoy, S., and Scanlon, K.M, 2012, New Exploratory Multibeam Data in the Drake Passage [abs.]: , 2012 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT, February 20-24, 2012.

Scanlon, K.M., Waller, R.G., Hoy, S., and Robinson, L.F., 2012, Multibeam bathymetry maps of cold-water coral reef hot spots in the Drake Passage [abs.]: , GeoHab 2012.

Scanlon, K.M., Robinson, Laura F., and Waller, Rhian G., 2009, Tale of two seamounts; mapping cold-water coral habitats in the Drake Passage [abs.]: , 8th International GeoHab Conference, Abstracts and Proceedings of the Geological Society of Norway. Trondheim, Norway, May 5-8, 2009.

Waller, R.G., Robinson, L.F., and Scanlon, K.M., 2012, Southern Ocean Corals: Surprising diversity and abundance [abs.]: , 5th International Deep-Sea Coral Symposium. Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 1-7, 2012.

Waller, R.G., Scanlon, Kathryn M., and Robinson, Laura F., Cold-water coral distributions in the Drake Passage area from towed camera observations - initial interpretations: PLoS ONE, .

Waller, R., Robinson, Laura, Scanlon, Kathryn M., Blackwood, Dann, and the NBP08-05 Science Party, Cold-water coral distributions in the Drake Passage from towed camera observations â the NBP08-05 expedition [abs.]: , Deep-Sea Biology Symposium. Reykjavik, Iceland, June 7-11, 2010.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Echosounder --- Single Beam
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
Grab sampler --- Biology
2008-004-FA-SC-001 ( 198 biologic and geologic samples collected by deep-water dredge and/or tow processes: samples include fossil corals, sponges, forams, other biology, dropstones, ferromanganese crusts, sediments, and water samples.)
Digital camera --- Photo
2008-004-FA-PH-001 ( Official cruise photos taken by Dann Blackwood: includes deck and lab activities.)
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Multichannel seismics --- Multichannel

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