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Data report: seismic structure beneath the north Cascadia drilling transect of IODP Expedition 3111

M. Scherwath,2 M. Riedel,3 G.D. Spence,4 and R.D. Hyndman4


Between 1999 and 2004, new seismic data became available for the study of gas hydrates on the northern Cascadia margin. These data consist of multi- and single-channel data with two- and partly three-dimensional subsurface coverage and were acquired and used in support of the proposal for Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 311 carried out in 2005. The working area lies across the continental slope off the coast of central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, with water depths ranging from 2600 m in the trench to 500 m on the upper slope, where it is well above the minimum depth for gas hydrate stability. This paper gives the details of the data acquisition and conventional processing and then focuses on describing the new data at six individual sites along a transect across the gas hydrate zone. Five of the sites were drilled during the Expedition 311. The transect of sites commences at the almost undeformed incoming sediments seaward of the region where gas hydrates are observed; these ocean basin sediments were drilled at a site 40 km southeast during Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 146. The transect continues up the continental slope into the area of hydrate stability, with a site on top of the frontal accretionary ridge where normal faulting indicates margin parallel extension; a site in the first slope basin overlying a buried ridge near a reflectivity wipe-out zone; a site adjacent to Site 889 of Leg 146 and therefore acting as a tie hole; the most landward site at the shallowest end of the hydrate stability field; and a cold vent site at one of several blank zones close to a bright spot region in the seismic records.

1Scherwath, M., Riedel, M., Spence, G.D., and Hyndman, R.D., 2006. Proc. IODP, 311, Data report: seismic structure beneath the north Cascadia drilling transect of IODP Expedition 311. In Riedel, M., Collett, T.S., Malone, M.J., and the Expedition 311 Scientists. Proc. IODP, 311: Washington, DC (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.). doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.311.110.2006

2Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany.

3Expedition 311 Scientists' addresses. Correspondence author:

4Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada.

Publication: 28 October 2006
MS 311-110