Technical and operational accomplishments of ODP Leg 204

Author(s): Rack, Frank R.
Ocean Drilling Program, Leg 204, Shipboard Scientific Party, College Station, TX
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Washington, DC, United States
Volume Title: 2003 AAPG annual convention with SEPM
Volume Author(s): Chidsey, Thomas C., Jr., chairperson
Source: Annual Meeting Expanded Abstracts - American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Vol.12, p.142; AAPG annual convention with SEPM, Salt Lake City, UT, May 11-14, 2003, chaired by Thomas C. Chidsey, Jr. Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Tulsa, OK, United States. ISSN: 0094-0038 CODEN: APGAB2
Note: In English. Available on compact disc and on paper
Summary: Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 204 was dedicated to the study and characterization of gas hydrate deposits on the Oregon continental margin at Hydrate Ridge. This was only the second ODP leg to focus on natural gas hydrates, and therefore every effort was made to provide the appropriate tools and sensors to characterize these deposits in situ, as well as to determine the physical, geochemical, thermal and microbiological properties of samples recovered by coring. Whereas the Ocean Drilling Program is funded primarily by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and its international partners, external funding for this cruise was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL) and by the European Commission (EC). This enabled the deployment of a wide range of specialized sensors and sampling/measurement systems onboard the R/V JOIDES Resolution during ODP Leg 204. These measurement and sampling systems included several Logging-While-Drilling (LWD) tools, improved systems to measure downhole temperature and in situ pore pressure dissipation, the use of infrared thermal imaging to rapidly identify the presence of gas hydrate in cores immediately after their recovery on deck, and the successful use of three distinct pressure coring systems (ODP Pressure Core Sampler, HYACE Rotary Corer, and Fugro Pressure Corer) to recover samples of natural gas hydrate at near in situ pressures for shipboard and shorebased studies. Additional studies are being conducted onshore to evaluate the geriatric changes in natural samples of gas hydrate under controlled storage conditions.
Year of Publication: 2003
Research Program: ODP Ocean Drilling Program
Key Words: 29 Economic Geology, Energy Sources; Characterization; Continental margin; Cores; East Pacific; Gas hydrates; Hydrate Ridge; In situ; Leg 204; Measurement; Measurement-while-drilling; Natural gas; North Pacific; Northeast Pacific; Ocean Drilling Program; Oregon; Pacific Ocean; Petroleum; Physical properties; Pore pressure; Samplers; Sampling; Temperature; Thermal properties; United States
Coordinates: N443400 N443500 W1250400 W1250900
Record ID: 2005053106
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