Pore fluid chemistry from push cores taken during R/V Atlantis cruise AT26-24 at the Dorado Outcrop near Cocos Ridge in December of 2014 (Dorado Outcrop project)

Website: https://www.bco-dmo.org/dataset/671242
Data Type: Cruise Results
Version Date: 2016-12-27

» Discovery, sampling, and quantification of flows from cool yet massive ridge-flank hydrothermal springs on Dorado Outcrop, eastern Pacific Ocean (Dorado Outcrop)

» Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
Wheat, C. GeoffreyUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)Principal Investigator, Contact
Fisher, AndrewUniversity of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC)Co-Principal Investigator
Hulme, SamuelMoss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)Co-Principal Investigator
McManus, JamesUniversity of Akron (UAkron)Co-Principal Investigator
Orcutt, Beth N.Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean SciencesCo-Principal Investigator
York, Amber D.Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI BCO-DMO)BCO-DMO Data Manager

Dataset Description

This dataset contains concentrations of phosphate, nitrate+nitirite, silicate, ammonium, stable carbon isotope ratio of dissolved inorganic carbon (d13C_DIC), and various elemental concentrations (Ba, B, Mn, Fe, Si, Sr, Na, Ca, Mg, K, Li).

Push cores were collected during the R/V Atlantis cruise AT26-24 by the submersible Alvin in December of 2014.

Methods & Sampling

Push core sampling took place at Dorado Outcrop off the west coast of Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean during the R/V Atlantis cruise  AT26-24.  For more information about operations of this cruise see the cruise page which contains a link to the cruise report (AT26-24). 

Phosphate, N+N, silicate, and NH4, were all run at Oregon State University using standard colorimetric techniques.  Dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) was run at Oregon State University using coulometry.  Remaining elements were analyzed using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrophotometer (ICPOES).  Comparison of Si measured via the two techniques shows an offset with the colorimetric results being ~7 uM higher than the ICP-OES results.

Data Processing Description

The data have not been processed further.

BCO-DMO Processing Notes:

* added a conventional header with dataset name, PI name, version date
* modified parameter names to conform with BCO-DMO naming conventions
* BD indicates Below Detection
* blank values replaced with no data value 'nd'
* added ,dive_date, dive_lat, dive_lon from information in the cruise report (Table 4)

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Data Files

(Comma Separated Values (.csv), 8.48 KB)
Primary data file for dataset ID 671242

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cmbsfDepth below sea floor of sample centimeters
core_idGravity core identifier unitless
dive_idAlvin submersible dive identifier unitless
dive_dateAlvin submersible dive date in format yyyy-mm-dd unitless
dive_latAlvin submersible dive latitude; north is positive decimal degrees
dive_lonAlvin submersible dive longitude; east is positive decimal degrees
phosphatePhosphate concentration micromolar (uM)
N_plus_NNitrate plus Nitrite (NO3+NO2) concentration micromolar (uM)
silicic_acidSilicic acid concentration micromolar (uM)
NH4Ammonium concentration micromolar (uM)
d13C_DICStable carbon isotope ratio of dissolved inorganic carbon (13C/12C ratio in DIC) using the Pee Dee Belemnite (PDB) standard permil (0/00)
d13C_DIC_stdevStandard deviation of stable carbon isotope ratio of dissolved inorganic carbon (13C/12C ratio in DIC) using the Pee Dee Belemnite (PDB) standard permil (0/00)
BaBarium concentration micromoles per kilogram (umol/kg)
BBoron concentration micromoles per kilogram (umol/kg)
MnManganese concentration micromoles per kilogram (umol/kg)
FeIron concentration micromoles per kilogram (umol/kg)
SiSilicon concentration micromoles per kilogram (umol/kg)
SrStrontium concentration micromoles per kilogram (umol/kg)
SSulfur concentration millimoles per kilogram (mmol/kg)
NaSodium concentration millimoles per kilogram (mmol/kg)
CaCalcium concentration millimoles per kilogram (mmol/kg)
MgMagnesium concentration millimoles per kilogram (mmol/kg)
KPotassium concentration millimoles per kilogram (mmol/kg)
LiLithium concentration micromoles per kilogram (umol/kg)

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Dataset-specific Instrument Name
Generic Instrument Name
Push Corer
Generic Instrument Description
Capable of being performed in numerous environments, push coring is just as it sounds. Push coring is simply pushing the core barrel (often an aluminum or polycarbonate tube) into the sediment by hand. A push core is useful in that it causes very little disturbance to the more delicate upper layers of a sub-aqueous sediment. Description obtained from: http://web.whoi.edu/coastal-group/about/how-we-work/field-methods/coring/

Dataset-specific Instrument Name
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrophotometer (ICPOES)
Generic Instrument Name
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer
Generic Instrument Description
Also referred to as an Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscope (ICP-AES). These instruments pass nebulised samples into an inductively-coupled gas plasma (8-10000 K) where they are atomised and excited. The de-excitation optical emissions at characteristic wavelengths are spectroscopically analysed. It is often used in the detection of trace metals.

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R/V Atlantis
Start Date
End Date
Research was conducted on this cruise as part of the C-DEBI project titled "Discovery, sampling, and quantification of flows from cool yet massive ridge-flank hydrothermal springs on Dorado Outcrop, eastern Pacific Ocean" (see: http://www.bco-dmo.org/project/627844).


Start Date
End Date
dives numbers: 4775 4776 4777 4778 4779 4780 4781 4782 4783 4784 see data page: http://dmoserv3.bco-dmo.org/jg/serv/BCO-DMO/Dorado_Outcrop/AlvinLogAT26_... for location information

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Project Information

Discovery, sampling, and quantification of flows from cool yet massive ridge-flank hydrothermal springs on Dorado Outcrop, eastern Pacific Ocean (Dorado Outcrop)

Coverage: Dorado Outcrop near Cocos Ridge (9N, 87W)

Description from NSF award abstract:
Pristine fluids from a typical ridge-flank hydrothermal system have never been sampled, mainly because it has not been possible to locate a site of focused discharge where representative samples could be collected. The PIs have located a small basement feature, Dorado outcrop, on 23 m.y.-old seafloor on the eastern flank of the East Pacific Rise that they plan to sample to determine the fluid composition, and to assess the rate of discharge from the outcrop, so that they can quantify the chemical impact of this hydrothermal system. They plan an 18-day expedition that combines the surveying capabilities of the AUV Sentry (bathymetric, sub-bottom sonar, photo mosaics, water column anomalies) and an ocean-class vessel capable of collecting high-quality multi-beam data and CTD samples, and supporting the survey and sampling capabilities of the ROV Jason II for collection of spring and plume fluids, heat flow data, sediment push cores, and still and video photography. These data and samples will be combined hopefully to generate the first well-constrained estimates of hydrothermal flows from Dorado outcrop. This expedition will result in the collection of samples and data from a "fire hose" of ridge-flank, hydrothermal system, challenging the commonly held view that discharge from ridge flank hydrothermal systems occurs primarily from diffuse seeps.

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Program Information

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)

Coverage: Global

The mission of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) is to explore life beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins.

C-DEBI provides a framework for a large, multi-disciplinary group of scientists to pursue fundamental questions about life deep in the sub-surface environment of Earth. The fundamental science questions of C-DEBI involve exploration and discovery, uncovering the processes that constrain the sub-surface biosphere below the oceans, and implications to the Earth system. What type of life exists in this deep biosphere, how much, and how is it distributed and dispersed? What are the physical-chemical conditions that promote or limit life? What are the important oxidation-reduction processes and are they unique or important to humankind? How does this biosphere influence global energy and material cycles, particularly the carbon cycle? Finally, can we discern how such life evolved in geological settings beneath the ocean floor, and how this might relate to ideas about the origin of life on our planet?

C-DEBI's scientific goals are pursued with a combination of approaches:
(1) coordinate, integrate, support, and extend the research associated with four major programs—Juan de Fuca Ridge flank (JdF), South Pacific Gyre (SPG), North Pond (NP), and Dorado Outcrop (DO)—and other field sites;
(2) make substantial investments of resources to support field, laboratory, analytical, and modeling studies of the deep subseafloor ecosystems;
(3) facilitate and encourage synthesis and thematic understanding of submarine microbiological processes, through funding of scientific and technical activities, coordination and hosting of meetings and workshops, and support of (mostly junior) researchers and graduate students; and
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Note: Katrina Edwards was a former PI of C-DEBI; James Cowen is a former co-PI.

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Funding SourceAward
NSF Division of Ocean Sciences (NSF OCE)
NSF Division of Ocean Sciences (NSF OCE)

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