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Long Island Sound Survey team
December 12, 2017

Geological Sampling (videos, photos and sediment samples) in Long Island Sound on the newly stretched R/V Connecticut with scientist from USGS, UConn and Univ of New Haven

Lake Powell
December 12, 2017

Develop a new bathymetry map of Lake Powell, UT-AZ, and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Bathymetric data, acoustic backscatter imagery, and limited CHIRP sub-bottom data were collected by the USGS Utah Water Science Center (UTWSC) and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) within Lake Powell, October - November, 2017.

Image shows a cave diver in a flooded cave
November 28, 2017

In the underground rivers and flooded caves of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where Mayan lore described a fantastical underworld, scientists have found a cryptic world in its own right.

Publications

Year Published: 2017

Methane- and dissolved organic carbon-fueled microbial loop supports a tropical subterranean estuary ecosystem

Subterranean estuaries extend inland into density-stratified coastal carbonate aquifers containing a surprising diversity of endemic animals (mostly crustaceans) within a highly oligotrophic habitat. How complex ecosystems (termed anchialine) thrive in this globally distributed, cryptic environment is poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate...

Brankovits, D.; Pohlman, John; Niemann, H.; Leigh, M.B.; Leewis, M.C.; Becker, K. W.; Iliffe, T.M.; Alvarez. F.; Lehmann, M.F.; Phillips, B.
Brankovits, P., Niemann, L., Leewis, B., Iliffe, A., Lehman, P., 2017, Methane- and dissolved organic carbon-fueled microbial loop supports a tropical subterranean estuary ecosystem: Nature Communications doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01776-x.

Year Published: 2017

Refining the formation and early evolution of the Eastern North American Margin: New insights from multiscale magnetic anomaly analyses

To investigate the oceanic lithosphere formation and early seafloor spreading history of the North Atlantic Ocean, we examine multiscale magnetic anomaly data from the Jurassic/Early Cretaceous age Eastern North American Margin (ENAM) between 31 and 40°N. We integrate newly acquired sea surface magnetic anomaly and seismic reflection data with...

Greene, John A.; Tominaga, Masako; Miller, Nathaniel; Hutchinson, Deborah; Karl, Matthew R.
Greene, J. A., Tominaga, M., Miller, N. C., Hutchinson, D. R. & Karl, M. R. (2017). Refining the Formation and Early Evolution of the Eastern North American Margin (ENAM): New Insights from Multiscale Magnetic Anomaly Analyses. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JB014308

Year Published: 2017

Persistent shoreline shape induced from offshore geologic framework: Effects of shoreface connected ridges

Mechanisms relating offshore geologic framework to shoreline evolution are determined through geologic investigations, oceanographic deployments, and numerical modeling. Analysis of shoreline positions from the past 50 years along Fire Island, New York, a 50 km long barrier island, demonstrates a persistent undulating shape along the western half...

Safak, Ilgar; List, Jeffrey; Warner, John C.; Schwab, William C.
Safak, I., List, J. H., Warner, J. C., & Schwab, W. C. (2017). Persistent shoreline shape induced from offshore geologic framework: Effects of shoreface connected ridges. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JC012808