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Marine Geophysical Cruise to the Yermak Plateau and western Svalbard continental margin aboard R/V Helmer Hanssen

Chief Scientist: Karin Andreassen

The cruise was a part of the Centre of Excellence for Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE) at UiT ‐ The Arctic University of Norway.

The cruise had the following scientific objectives:

  • Geomorphic mapping of seafloor features at the Yermak Plateau, as far north as possible aiming at identifying ice flow orientations.
  • Improve the seismic stratigraphy along the western Svalbard continental margin, using the ODP holes 910C and 912A of the Yermak Plateau and the ODP hole 986 west of Svalbard.
  • Investigate fluid-flow features related to gas hydrate bearing sediments