Recent MMRI Reports and Presentations


Energy Related

Compilation Of Oil and Gas Well Data for Siloam Field, Clay County, Mississippi (OFR 06-01S) - Data compiled by Rick Erickson R.P.G. Production data provides historical background to field production as well as associated data such as field maps and scout cards. The purpose is to gather information from various locations and compile them in one place. The compilation should save the investigator considerable time and expense. (Date: January 2006) (zipped data files compiled in 7 seperate directories - 22 mb total)

Compilation Of Oil and Gas Well Data for Mize Field, Smith County, Mississippi (OFR 05-01S) - Data compiled by Rick Erickson R.P.G. Production data provides historical background to field production as well as associated data such as field maps and scout cards. The purpose is to gather information from various locations and compile them in one place. The compilation should save the investigator considerable time and expense. (Date: January 2005) (zipped data files compiled in 7 seperate directories - 28 mb total)

GIS-RS Augments Surface Mapping - Geologic mapping using field and well data, augmented by satellite imagery and topography, integrated in to a geographic information system database. (Date: April 2004) (4.6 mb Powerpoint file)

Tectonic Model for the Structural Architecture of North Mississippi - The regional composite structural architecture for north Mississippi, as interpolated using existing public and private geologic data, provides a cursory basis for understanding regional structure and fault systems, tectonics, and seismicity associated with the evolution of the Reelfoot Aulacogen and Black Warrior Basin. (Date: April 2004) (8.2 mb Powerpoint file)

Evaluations of Radionuclides from Uranium, Thorium, and Radium Associated With Produced Fluids, Precipitates, and Sludges From Oil, Gas, and Oilfield Brine Injection Wells In Mississippi - Final project report for this multi-year project that was designed to identify and characterize the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) occurring as a result of hydrocarbon production in Mississippi. The report contains the procedures used in the investigation, conclusions, and a set of elements of best practice. The report is technical in nature and is 93 pages in length. (Published: March 2004) (1.0 mb Adobe Acrobat file)

Overview of the Miocene Hydrocarbon Potential of the Mississippi Sound and Adjacent Onshore Areas (OFR 04-2) - This report briefly reviews the status of exploration in the Mississippi Sound, gives production histories for adjacent state and federal offshore waters, discusses the geology and technologic aspects related to this shallow gas play, and provides an estimate of the state's production potential for Miocene gas reservoirs. (7.7 mb Adobe Acrobat file)

NORM Industry Breifing (May 2003) - "Evaluations Of Radionuclides Of Uranium, Thorium, And Radium Associated With Produced Fluids, Precipitates, And Sludges From Oil, Gas, And Oilfield Brine Injections Wells In Mississippi - An Industry Briefing" - The NORM project was designed to identify and characterize the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) occurring as a result of hydrocarbon production in Mississippi. This presentation is the initial findings and background information presented to industry by the MMRI NORM team. (Presented: May 2003) (9.0 mb Powerpoint file)

 

Environmental

Erosional Features of the Davidson Creek Drainage Basin Within Oxford, Mississippi and the University of Mississippi (OFR 07-1S) - This report is focused on characterizing the erosional concerns within a portion of the Davidson Creek drainage basin.  The report also lists actions that could be taken to reduce potential erosion as well as lessen the impact of on-going urbanization. (Issue Date: February, 2007) (3.5 mb Adobe Acrobat file)

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan of the University of Mississippi, Lafayette County, Mississippi (OFR 06-7) - Part of an on-going program where the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute has partnered with a number of agencies and research centers with the goal of producing information that would be useful in lessening the affect natural hazards potentially have in Mississippi. This report focuses on the preparation of the University of Mississippi Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.(Date: July 2006) (4.7 mb Adobe Acrobat file)

 

Offshore Research (including cruise reports)

Activities Report for Cruise GOM4-10-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities and results of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from September 9 -15, 2010. The purpose of the cruise was to attempt the deployment of the Horizontal Line Arrays, Chimney Sampler Arrays and geochemical pore water samplers (Peepers); access water column and seafloor conditions in the wake of the Macondo spill; and to attempt to acquire an AUV photo survey of the seafloor at MC118. (1.5 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM2-10-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities and results of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from April 20 to April 29, 2010. The purpose of the cruise was to perform engineering tests on the Station Service Device ROV, test a new deployment system for the SSD, verify instrument locations on the seafloor, recover push-cores with the SSD, install the Integrated Data/Power Unit and the Data Recovery System for the Seafloor Observatory, and to deploy and/or recover instruments. Tests of the SSD and the new deployment system and installation activities were accomplished and push-cores were recovered but no instruments were recovered. (3.5 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM2-09-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from June 1 - 8, 2009. The purpose of the cruise was to 1) recover the Benthic Boundary Layer Geochemical Array, 2) Conduct Direct Current Resistivity Profiling with the Station Service Device Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), 3) Utilize the Station Service Device ROV for inspection, recovery and coring operations, and 4) Conduct Bio-etching experiment. (2.6 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM1-09-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from March 3 – 14, 2009. The purpose of the cruise was to deploy a Benthic Boundary Layer Geochemical Array, re-install the seafloor observatory Data Recovery System and Integrated Data/Power Unit, retrieve instruments and samplers from the seafloor and collect targeted push cores with the Station Service Device ROV, and deploy and test a membrane inlet Mass Spectrometer – Microbial Filter System. (3.3 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM2-08-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities and results of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from May 31 to June 10, 2008. The purpose of the cruise was to install the Integrated Data/Power Unit and the Data Recovery System for the Seafloor Observatory, conduct a subbottom survey of the site and to deploy and/or recover instruments. Installation activities were successfully accomplished but only limited success was achieved with the other activities due to equipment and environmental issues. (625 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM1-08-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities and results of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from April 22-28, 2008. The purpose of the cruise was to collect sediment samples using gravity and box coring devices, and to deploy a second Pore Fluid Array. Acoustic transponders were used in the sampling and deployment activities and provided a high degree of accuracy in these activities. (556 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM4-07-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities and results of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from November 4-13, 2007. The report includes the operations report and event log of survey efforts using the station service device, exchange of the storm monitoring device, sea trials of mass spectrometer and microbial filter, and core collection. (1.18 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM3-07-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities and results of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from July 2-8, 2007. The report descibes and illustrates the second series of sea-trials for the Hydrates Research Consortium's Station Service Device or SSD, the remotely operated vehicle designed especially to support activities at the Hydrates Sea-floor Observatory at Mississippi Canyon 118. (741 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM4-06-MC118 aboard the R/V Seward Johnson This report includes the logs and summaries of the ten dives made with the Johnson Sea-link manned submersible to the methane hydrates site at Mississippi Canyon Block 118, September 9-17, 2006 (table of contents links to 15 individual Adobe Acrobat files totaling 23.5 mb).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM3-06-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report covers the first of two cruises to survey site of the Hydrate Research Consortium’s Sea-Floor Observatory in Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118, Northern Gulf of Mexico, using the CMRET’s deep-towed Shallow Source – Deep Receiver seismic survey system, April 17-24, 2006. (934 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM2-06-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican Activities Report for Cruise GOM2-06-MC118 aboard the R/V Pelican This report covers the initial at-sea tests of the DeepSee Drift Camera at the site of the Sea-floor Observatory, Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 Northern Gulf of Mexico, March 24-28, 2006 (260 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Operations Report and Event Log of Cruise GOM1-06-MC118, aboard the R/V Pelican. This is a report of initial efforts to survey the site of the hydrates Monitoring Station/Sea-floor Observatory by acquiring seismic reflection profiles across the mound in MC118 using the Surface-Source-Deep-Receiver (SSDR) technique.(27 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM3-05-MC118 Aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities and results of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from October 15-21, 2005 aboard the R/V Pelican. The purposes of this cruise were 1) to install, calibrate, test and put to use the ultra-short base-line (USBL) locating system, 2) to collect CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) data in support of the design of a seismic survey of the block, and 3) to collect sediment and water samples to further characterize the sea floor and shallow subseafloor environments at MC118. (585 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Operations Report Of Cruise GOM2-05-MC118 Aboard the R/V Pelican. This cruise included the Deployment Of The Initial Components Of The Sea Floor Monitoring Station - The Pore-Fluid Array And The Geophysical Line Array - Via The Sea Floor Probe System And Collection Of Core Samples, Mississippi Canyon 118 is now available online (468 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Activities Report for Cruise GOM1-05-MC118 Aboard the R/V Pelican This report describes the activities and results of a scientific research cruise to Mississippi Canyon Federal Lease Block 118 from January 25-27, 2005 aboard the R/V Pelican. The primary tasks accomplished during the cruise include 1) deployment of Seafloor Probe, 2) sediment coring, and 3) acoustic evaluation of a bottom-founded pipeline. (315 kb Adobe Acrobat file).

Presentations of recent CMRET research were made to the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies at their Annual Meeting in San Antonio, October 2004:

Within Five Years, Hydrate Exploitation Can Be a Reality in the Northern Gulf of Mexico This paper addresses the possibility of recovering free gas associated with the abundant gas hydrate from the continental margins in the northern Gulf of Mexico (5.3 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Multiple Outer Shelf Deltas and Downslope Massive Mass-Wastings Characterize the Mississippi Canyon, Northern Gulf of Mexico This analysis of seismic data from the Mississippi Canyon, northern Gulf of Mexico, cites evidence of repeated episodes of mass-wasting as part of the sedimentological history of the region (3.8 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Presentations of recent CMRET research were made to the Geological Society of America at their Annual Meeting in Seattle, November 2003:

Closing the Gap Between the Hydrate Stability Zone and Production Reservoirs addresses challenges of processing seismic reflection data recorded by the vertical array of hydrophones anchored to the seafloor in an area of known hydrate occurrence (4.7 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Unexplained Geologic Features within the Hydrate Stability Zone, Upper Slope Mississippi Canyon, Northern Gulf of Mexico is a discussion of the complex geology that seismic data, collected by the CMRET and the USGS, have revealed from within the hydrate stability zone (13.1 mb Adobe Acrobat file).

Using Multiple Elimination to Image Geologic Structures beneath the Gas Hydrate Stability Zone in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Presentation on processing vertical line array data in Atwater Valley, Block 14 (2.8 mb PowerPoint file).

Operation Report: The 8-14 October, 2003, Cruise Of The R/V Pelican,To Deploy The CMRET Vertical Line Array In Mississippi Canyon 798 And Atwater Valley 14, Northern Gulf Of Mexico is also available online (3.9 mb MS Word file).

Report on Recent Activities of the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrate Monitoring Station Project - A progress report that includes an updated listing of the project’s scientific supervisory board, a brief review of the rationale for the project and a presentation of examples of data and scientific results produced within the project. (6.8 mb Powerpoint file)

 

Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Research Consortium - Conference Proceedings

Fall 2009 Conference Proceedings - Includes introductory material and presentations given at the Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Research Consortium semi annual meeting held at the University of South Carolina on November 5, 2009. The table of contents links to 22 individual files in PDF and WMV formats. The entire set can also be downloaded as one 89 mb zip file (after unzipping the file - open the "Table of Contents.html" file in your web browser).

Fall 2010 Conference Proceedings - Includes introductory material and presentations given at the Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Research Consortium semi annual meeting held at the University of Mississippi from October 26-27 2010. The table of contents links to 33 individual files in various formats. The entire set can also be downloaded as one 840 mb zip file (after unzipping the file - open the "Table of Contents.html" file in your web browser).


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