In this report, we present temperatures measured in three holes drilled into the sea bed in the Prudhoe Bay region and a tentative interpretation of them in terms of the gross thermal regime and shoreline history of the area. The new holes (PB-1, PB-2, and PB-3, Figure 1) were drilled in spring, 1976 (see Sellmann, 1976) as part of a cooperative study of off-shore permafrost by the USGS, CRREL, and the University of Alaska. Results from two of the holes (#190 and #3370, Figure 1) drilled earlier by the University of Alaska (Osterkamp and Harrison, 1976) have been included in our interpretation.
The reader not interested in analytical details may wish to examine Figures 1, 2, and 3, and then skip to the concluding section "Summary and Discussion," page 32.
|Title||Sub-sea temperatures and a simple tentative model for offshore permafrost at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska|
|Authors||Arthur H. Lachenbruch, B. Vaughn Marshall|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Open-File Report|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|