Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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R/V Atlantis


HOV Alvin

Cruise Party

Lisa Levin: Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist
9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA USA 92093-0218
+1 858 534 3579

Departure: Jul 31, 2010


Arrival: Aug 12, 2010

San Diego

Operations Area

Hydrate Ridge 44deg 40.17N, 125deg 5.89W
Lat/Lon: 44° 40.17′ N / 125° 5.89′ W
Depth Range: 550 / 1000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? USA
Are visas or special travel documents required? no

Science Objectives

The primary objectives of this research are to (a) characterize the biotic diversity of authigenic, methane-derived carbonates at Costa Rica seeps,  from microbes to metazoans, (b) identify the ecosystem-scale interactions among these groups including habitat alteration, colonization, trophic transfer, (c) assess how proximity to methane seepage influences (a) and (b), define successional dynamics of carbonate ecosystems, (d) determine the evolutionary affinities of carbonate faunas and (e) refine our understanding of one of the most important paleoceanographic indicators, C. wuellerstorfi.  Community components to be studied include associated megafauna, attached epifauna, endofauna (i.e. cryptofauna), and endolithofauna, as well as the biogeochemistry of carbonate environments experienced by these organisms. 

Science Activities

(1A) Survey and map carbonate habitats at several locations with active and inactive seep sites on Hydrate Ridge (500-900 m)
(1B) Recover carbonate rocks and associated faunas from the survey areas.  Sample via manipulator, cold boxes, slurps, scoops.
(2) Collect tube cores of bacterial mat, clam bed and other sediments
(3) Place colonization experiments (carbonate, wood, chips, bones) for recovery in 2011
(4) Transplant carbonates to and from areas of active seepage
(5) Generate CTD profiles, collect water from immediately over the seep
(6) Examine OMZ waters (via CTD) and both OMZ and near seep sediments (via multicorer)  during night ops
(7) Generate multibeam maps for use in dive and elevator placement

CO PIS: Rathburn, Orphan, Rouse

Dive 1 -4 Hydrate Ridge North, 590 m  44 O 40.17’N, 125 O 5.89’W

Additional Site 612 m,  44 40.03N  125 06.26W

Dive 5 Hydrate Ridge South 770 m , 44  34.22 N 125   8.85 W

Dive 6 Hydrate Ridge East 905 m , 44 34.36N 125 00.04W

Dive 7-8 Hydrate Ridge North 590 m  44 O 40.17’N, 125 O 5.89’W


Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Pre cruise meeting was 2/18.


  Station 1
  Distance: 60 nm?
  Days: null
  Latitude: 44° 40.17’ N
  Longitude: 125° 5.89’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 0826254

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
Science Underway Seawater System
Deionized Water System
Fume Hood
12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use

CTD/Water Sampling

Seapoint STM turbidity sensor
911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor
Wet Labs C*Star transmissometer (660nm wavelength)

Critical CTD Sensors

Sediment Sampling


Sample Storage

Scientific Walk-in Freezer
Climate Controlled Walk-in
Storage Notes: Needs a refrigerator in each of the three main labs
< 5 gal day milli-Q


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?yes


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? no

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no
Portable Air Compressors:no
Flammable Gases:no
Small Boat Operations:no
SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yes
Describe deployment method and quantity:
No chem use outside of labs.
Gas cylinders general lab chems

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?no
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Multi beam. CTD, Multi care (1 per night, +/- 12 total).
Other required equipment and special needs:
Dark room for x-ray work. Collecting information on x-ray equipment.
PI requested running water for Dark room.
Do not need multi core tech.
Request spare tubes for multi core

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Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: no
Diplomatic Clearance: no
Date Submitted:
Date Approved:
Agent Information:
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech: