The purpose of field trip was to take advantage of the low levels of the Mississippi River to access exposures normally underwater. The information gathered on the field trip will also be used by Dr. Zachos in his paleontology class to be taught in the spring semester and to plan future fossil collection trips for UM students.
An expedition to define the elastic properties of the shallow subseafloor at Woolsey Mound, site of the Gulf of Mexico Hydrate Research Consortium’s Seafloor Observatory, was completed April 2-9, 2011. The experiment was designed by MMRI scientists in collaboration with geophysicists from the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Leonardo Macelloni, scientist at the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute and a specialist in marine data processing, and Max Woolsey, engineer with the Undersea Vehicles Technology Center (UVTC) division of NIUST and an AUV systems engineer participated in a cruise to test two Autonomous Undersea Vehichles (AUV). Leonardo and Max were invited by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis Space Center, to participate in the cruise that tested the two recently upgraded NRL AUVs: Remus 6000 and Remus 2500 at the Woolsey Mound at MC118.
Tom McGee, research scientist with the MMRI, recently completed a trip to Chile to the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso to meet with geologists and geophysicists to discuss gas hydrate research off shore Chile.
At the fall 2009 meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Research Consortium, the group resolved to petition the United States Board on Geographic Names, Advisory Committee on Undersea Features, to name the site of the Consortium’s Seafloor Observatory, the carbonate-hydrate mound at MC118, in honor and in memory of long-time MMRI Director J. Robert Woolsey.
MMRI had another busy quarter in the Gulf of Mexico, executing two cruises to our Seafloor Observatory site. The MMRI-designed and built ROVARD (remotely operated vehicle assisted recovery device) easily and smoothly emplaced an array of chemical and physical sensors on the seafloor at the Observatory site.