Geology

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Date published: September 18, 2018
Status: Active

The Mid-Atlantic Resource Imaging Experiment (MATRIX)

 

In late August 2018, scientists and technical staff from the USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program completed the acquisition of over 2000 km of multichannel seismic (MCS) data as part of the Mid-Atlantic Resource Imaging Experiment (MATRIX) conducted aboard the...

Date published: September 17, 2018
Status: Active

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Featured Photos

This page highlights images from the field, where we work, and USGS at work. 

Contacts: Andrea Toran
Date published: August 30, 2018
Status: Active

Featured Photos and Videos

Keep watching this page for more photos from our scientists!

Contacts: Laura Torresan
Date published: August 27, 2018
Status: Completed

IMMeRSS-- Geophysical Imaging for Methane Seep Studies

Geophysical imaging relies on specialized tools to detect anomalies in the water column or to map features on or beneath the seafloor.  Equipment may be towed, mounted on the side of a ship, or attached to the ship’s hull.  Many geophysical techniques rely on transmitting an acoustic signal of a particular frequency and analyzing the information in the returning signal to infer the properties...

Date published: August 27, 2018
Status: Completed

IMMeRSS-- Dating Past Methane Seepage

Cold seeps are locations where chemicals, including methane, hydrocarbons, sulfide and sometimes carbon dioxide, leak from sediments below the seafloor into the water above.  Much of the current knowledge on cold seeps comes from direct observations, such as the mapping of acoustic flares and the detection of...

Date published: August 27, 2018
Status: Completed

IMMeRSS- Seafloor Methane Seep Environments

Cold seeps, which are locations where chemicals -- including methane and other hydrocarbons, brine, hydrogen sulfide, and sometimes carbon dioxide--leak from the seafloor, occur worldwide on both passive and tectonically-active continental margins.  Cold seeps are distinguished from ...

Date published: August 27, 2018
Status: Completed

IMMeRSS-- Interagency Mission for Methane Research on Seafloor Seeps

 

From May 3 to May 11, 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey and with support from these two agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy, will lead an...

Contacts: Carolyn Ruppel, Ph.D., Amanda Demopoulos, Ph.D., Nancy Prouty, Diana Sahay, Daniel Concon
Date published: August 23, 2018
Status: Active

Gas Hydrates- Submarine Slope Destabilization

USGS scientists have a long tradition of studying submarine slope failures and were among the first to note a spatial link between slope failures and gas hydrates/gas-charged sediments. USGS Gas Hydrates scientists support the USGS Hazards Mission area through field-based surveys that refine understanding of this association and through geotechnical studies that evaluate the response of...

Date published: August 21, 2018
Status: Completed

Caribbean Tsunami and Earthquake Hazards Studies

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are located at an active plate boundary between the North American plate and the northeast corner of the Caribbean plate. Plate movements have caused large magnitude earthquakes and devastating tsunamis, but scientists have so far failed to explain the deformation of this complex region in a coherent and predictable picture, and this has hampered their...

Date published: August 17, 2018
Status: Active

Characterizing crustal structure in the San Francisco Bay area for earthquake ground-motion simulations (Research Opportunity)

Currently Research Opportunity S28

We seek a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Scholar to use novel data and/or analysis techniques to improve the USGS 3D seismic velocity model for the San Francisco Bay region (https://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/3dgeologic/).

Date published: August 17, 2018
Status: Active

Quantification and validation of earthquake ground motions in early warning applications (Research Opportunity)

Currently Research Opportunity S27  (2-3 positions available) 

This opportunity focuses on investigating and developing new ground-motion estimation methods for EEW through three avenues, which may also be combined together in a symbiotic research proposal. Research is needed to determine optimum parameters for ground-motion estimates from earthquake rupture features...

Date published: August 7, 2018
Status: Active

Underwater Landslides off Southern California

An earthquake can trigger a landslide along the ocean floor, which can then set off a tsunami. Without modern, high-resolution imaging of the seafloor, many historical slides and threats from future slides remain undetected.

Contacts: Jared Kluesner