By Monica Kortsha Over the past four days at sea, the science team has faced the following issues: Thankfully, each obstacle has been overcome to different degrees. Pressure readings aren’t available but a probe on the coring tool is taking temperatures. The pressure-valve sealed on the second attempt, capturing a beautiful pressurized core sample, which… Continue Reading Progress from Delay
The UTIG Geophysics Blog
Stories and updates from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.
By Monica Kortsha The mission to recover methane hydrates has scientists set on recovering core samples of the substance from over 1,000 feet beneath the seafloor. To actually reach these samples requires the science team to live and work aboard a specialized vessel named Helix Q4000. I took the helicopter out to the Q4000 on… Continue Reading The Stuff of Life at Sea
The University of Texas at Austin has returned to the Gulf of Mexico to lead a Department of Energy-funded mission to sample and study methane hydrate, an ice-like solid composed of water and methane that forms at high pressure and low temperature. This difficult to reach and poorly understood substance has potentially wide-ranging effects on… Continue Reading Methane Hydrate: The Mission Continues
In May, the Jackson School of Geosciences’ Marine Geology and Geophysics Field Course travelled to Port Aransas to gather data on coastal processes in and around Corpus Christi Bay. The class included several field course firsts, including use of a landing craft for deploying instruments in the bay’s shallows, a LIDAR-equipped drone, and extra days… Continue Reading Extended Field Course Helps Students Gain New Insights into Texas Coastal Geology
Most weekdays, Rosalind Gamble is found at her desk running business operations for over a hundred researchers and students at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics. But today she’s in a field in the Texas Hill Country, cranking a 14-foot coring drill with an enormous wrench. In a few moments, the rig will come… Continue Reading UTIG Admins Take on Coral Coring in the Texas Hill Country