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ID R-1-96-PW
Abstract Chief Scientists: Paul Carlson, Keith Kvenvolden. Data (Shipekgrab) of field activity R-1-96-PW in Prince Wm Sound and Gulf of AK from 08/31/1996 to 09/06/1996
Project/Theme Fate of Spilled Oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska
National Plan Environment
Chief Scientist Paul Carlson
Keith Kvenvolden
Platform Rainier
Area of Operation Prince Wm Sound and Gulf of AK, Prince William Sound, AK
Bounding Coordinates
-149.50000    -145.00000
Dates 08/31/1996 (JD 244) to 09/06/1996 (JD 250)
Analog Materials list
Paul Carlson Chief Scientist, USGS Western Region
Keith Kvenvolden Chief Scientist, USGS Western Region
Dean Seidel Captain
Marlene Mozgala
Mark Larsen
Equipment Used
Determine types of hydrocarbons in the bottom
sediments of Gulf of Alaska and Prince Wm Sound and sources of oil or tar
found on the insular beaches of the sound.
Information to be Derived
Types of hydrocarbons and isotopic characteristics of tars and oils found on the beaches.
Collected bottom samples on shelf between Cross Sound and PWS and w/in PWS.  
Collected tars and oils from several beaches in sw PWS.
(from WRUSGS Bulletin (9/13/96)
For the third consecutive year the Prince William Sound oil spill team has
had a very successful "piggy-back" cruise on the NOAA ship RAINIER. We
again were able to search several beaches and found both old tar ('64 quake-
Monterey tar) and oil (EXXON VALDEZ spill of North Slope crude); however, this
year we added another aspect to our search. Fran Hostettler, Keith Kvenvolden,
and Paul Carlson joined the RAINIER in Seattle, enjoyed the scenic trip up the
inside passage, and then began bottom sampling on the shelf between Cross
Sound and PWS. We are testing EXXON's hypothesis that much of the
background hydrocarbon in the PWS sediment came from oil seeps near the
shoreline of the Gulf of Alaska and was carried along attached to particles of
suspended glacial flour by the Alaskan Coastal Current and into PWS. We
collected samples at nine stations, and now the jury is out until the organic
geochem team can obtain lab results. We all are very appreciative to the folks
from the RAINIER for their great hospitality and willing assistance on this
trip. We give Fran (that is Hostettler, not Hurricane Fran) all the credit for
the marvelous weather she brought along on her first trip to Alaska.  : Paul
Carlson, Paul R., and others, 1997, Fate of spilled oil in Prince William Sound:
diary of a forensic geology study: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 
97-518, 87 p.
Got Help? For R-1-96-PW, we would appreciate any information on -- activity type, contract, days at sea, dive count, funding, information specialist, kms of navigation, NGDC Info, organization, owner, ports, project number, scanned materials, seismic description, station count, station description, submersible, tabulated info.
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