Edwards, Katrina J.; Bach, Wolfgang; Klaus, Adam; Anderson, Louise; Backert, Nicolas; Becker, Keir; Griffin, Dale W.; Haddad, Amanda G.; Harigane, Yumiko; Hirayama, Hisako; Hulme, Samuel M.; Jorgensen, Steffen Leth; Lado Insua, Tania; Le Campion, Paul; Mills, Heath J.; Nakamura, Kentaro; Orcutt, Beth; Park, Young-Soo; Rennie, Victoria; Rouxel, Olivier; Russel, Joseph A.; Sakata, Kasumi; Salas, Everett C.; Wang Fengping; Wheat, C. Geoffrey (2011): Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 336 preliminary report; Mid-Atlantic Ridge microbiology; initiation of long-term coupled microbiological, geochemical, and hydrological experimentation within the seafloor at North Pond, western flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. IODP Management International, College Station, TX, United States, Preliminary Report (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program), 336, 72 pp., georefid:2012-016488

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 336 successfully initiated subseafloor observatory science at a young mid-ocean-ridge flank setting. All of the drilled sites are located in the North Pond region of the Atlantic Ocean (22 degrees 45'N, 46 degrees 05'W) in 4414-4483 m water depth. This area is known from previous ocean drilling and site survey investigations as a site of particularly vigorous circulation of seawater in permeable 8 Ma basaltic basement underlying a <300 m thick sedimentary pile. Understanding how this seawater circulation affects microbial and geochemical processes in the uppermost basement was the primary science objective of Expedition 336. Basement was cored and wireline-logged in Holes U1382A and U1383C. Upper oceanic crust in Hole U1382A, which is only 50 m west of Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) Hole 395A, recovered 32 m of core between 110 and 210 meters below seafloor (mbsf). Core recovery in basement was 32%, yielding a number of volcanic flow units with distinct geochemical and petrographic characteristics. A unit of sedimentary breccia containing clasts of basalt, gabbroic rocks, and mantle peridotite was found intercalated between two volcanic flow units and was interpreted as a rock slide deposit. From Hole U1383C we recovered 50.3 m of core between 69.5 and 331.5 mbsf (19%). The basalts are aphyric to highly plagioclase-olivine-phyric tholeiites that fall on a liquid line of descent controlled by olivine fractionation. They are fresh to moderately altered, with clay minerals (saponite, nontronite, and celadonite), Fe oxyhydroxide, carbonate, and zeolite as secondary phases replacing glass and olivine to variable extents. In addition to traditional downhole logs, we also used a new logging tool for detecting in situ microbial life in ocean floor boreholes--the Deep Exploration Biosphere Investigative tool (DEBI-t). Sediment thickness was approximately 90 m at Sites U1382 and U1384 and varied between 38 and 53 m at Site U1383. The sediments are predominantly nannofossil ooze with layers of coarse foraminiferal sand and occasional pebble-size clasts of basalt, serpentinite, gabbroic rocks, and bivalve debris. The bottommost meters of sections cored with the advanced piston corer feature brown clay. Extended core barrel coring at the sediment/basement interface recovered <1 m of brecciated basalt with micritic limestone. Sediments were intensely sampled for geochemical pore water analyses and microbiological work. In addition, high-resolution measurements of dissolved oxygen concentration were performed on the whole-round sediment cores.
West: -46.4553 East: -46.0310 North: 22.4842 South: 22.4521
Expedition: 336
Site: 336-395
Site: 336-U1382
Site: 336-U1383
Site: 336-U1384
Expedition: 45
Site: 45-395
Expedition: 78
Site: 78-395
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