RRS Discovery D108

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Discovery (74E3)
Cruise identifierD108
Cruise period1980-02-18 — 1980-03-03
Port of departureBridgetown, Barbados
Port of returnSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Objectives1. Collection of bottom sediment samples by gravity- and box-coring for geochemical studies.
2. Collection of sediment pore water samples by in situ techniques and by squeezing sediment cores.
3. Collection of large volume water samples for analyses of nutrients, trace elements and dissolved organic carbon,
4. Collection of suspended particulate material from large-volume water samples for geochemical studies.
5. Recovery of moored particle trap deployed during Cruise 107.
6. Collection of surface and near-surface plankton for biochemical and trace element studies.
7. Collection of samples of sea surface films for geochemical and biochemical studies.
Chief scientistFrederick Culkin (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Cruise reportRRS Discovery D108 cruise report d108.pdf (0.48 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth West Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNares Abyssal Plain (N.W. Atlantic)
Track chartsRRS Discovery D108 cruise track — trk2444.html
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 4
Chemical oceanography 
OxygenQuantity: number of stations = 4
PhosphateQuantity: number of stations = 4
Total - PQuantity: number of stations = 4
SilicateQuantity: number of stations = 4
Trace elementsQuantity: number of stations = 4
Biology and fisheries 
NeustonQuantity: number of stations = 4
Routine standard measurementsDescription: "Selected ship" Observation
Geology and geophysics 
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of cores = 12
Description: chemical analysis of sediments
Multi-beam echosoundingQuantity: track kilometres = 2778
Other geological/geophysical measurementsDescription: sediment pore water