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Field Activity Details for field activity 2009-050-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Carolyn Ruppel

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Carolyn Ruppel

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Ground Penetrating Radar, Electro-Magnetic: Resistivity, Environmental Data: Gas Hydrates, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect geochemical and geophysical data in methane-emitting lakes. Study the physics, chemistry and biology associated with methane emissions from lakes in areas of discontinuous and continuous permafrost in Alaska.


Start Port/Location:

End Port/Location:

Start Date: 2009-07-07

End Date: 2009-07-17

Equipment Used: DGPS, Corer - gravity, Resistivity Profiler, EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler, Digital camera, Ground penetrating radar, Pore water sampling, Humminbird fishfinder, Gas sampler

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Chirp seismic on multiple lakes on the North Slope and 2 lakes near Fairbanks; radar data on Lake Q on North Slope and 2 lakes near Fairbanks; resistivity on Lake Q; cores and gas samples from Lake Q and Killarney Lake near Fairbanks.

Staff: John Pohlman, Carolyn Ruppel, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:
UAF: Wooller (macrobiology)
Leigh (microbiology)
He (microbiology)
Gaglioti (macrobiology and coring)
Stewart (coring); UCSB: Heintz (biogeochemistry)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Carolyn Ruppel (geophysics); John Pohlman (geochemistry); Chuck Worley (geophysics).
Project = High-Latitude Climate-Hydrates Interactions - Dept. of Energy, High-Latitude Climate-Hydrates Interactions - Dept. of Energy


1) Lake Qalluuraq, near Atqasuk, North Slope Borough, Alaska;2) Killarney Lake, near Fairbanks, Alaska;3) Goldstream Bill Lake, near Fairbanks, Alaska;4) Lake Teshekpuk, Alaska, United States, North America;

North: 70.5 South: 64.8 West: -158.5 East: -146.5


photo of Tundra


Wooller, M.J., Ruppel, C., Pohlman, J.W., Leigh, M.B., Heintz, M., and Anthony, K.W., 2009, Permafrost gas hydrates and climate change; lake-based seep studies on the Alaskan north slope: Fire in the Ice, U.S. Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory, Methane Hydrate Newsletter, Summer 2009, v. 9 no. 3, pp. 6–9, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Ground penetrating radar --- Ground Penetrating Radar
Digital camera --- Photo
Gas sampler --- Dissolved Oxygen
Gas Hydrates
2009-050-FA-SC-003 ( Gas samples: noble gas samples from Lake Qalluuraq and Killarney Lake collected in copper tubing.)
2009-050-FA-SC-004 ( Gas samples: gas samples from Lake Qalluuraq and Killarney Lake collected in glass vials for gas composition analysis.)
Pore water sampling --- Chemistry
2009-050-FA-SC-002 ( Pore water samples: samples from Lake Qalluuraq and Killarney Lake extracted from core with rhizons.)
EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Humminbird fishfinder --- Single Beam
Corer - gravity --- Geology
2009-050-FA-NL-001-01 ( Excel spreadsheet: contains summary of field sample logsheets.)
2009-050-FA-SC-001 ( Sediment samples: small volume sediment samples from Lake Qalluuraq and Killarney Lake to be tested for water content and lipid biomarkers using standard gravimetric methods.)
DGPS --- Navigation
Resistivity Profiler --- Resistivity

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