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RRS Charles Darwin CD123

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Charles Darwin (74AB)
Cruise identifierCD123
Cruise period2000-07-19 — 2000-09-15
Port of departureGovan, United Kingdom
Port of returnSouthampton, United Kingdom
ObjectivesThis cruise formed part of the continuing Atlantic Margin Environmental Survey (AMES). The objectives of the cruise were:
1. to continue the AMES process in the deep waters to the north and west of Scotland on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI);
2. to carry out a seabed sampling programme in the Fladen Ground area of the North Sea on behalf of the DTI; and
3. to conduct commercially funded seabed surveys in areas adjacent to those addressed in objectives 1 and 2.

The cruise encompassed a number of survey areas: Ymir Ridge, Wyville Thomson Ridge (including Darwin Mounds area), Faroe Bank Channel, Faroe-Shetland Channel (axial transect), West Shetland Slope (bathymetric transect), West Shetland Slope (contourite body), Enterprise survey (northwest of Shetland), Texaco survey (deep Faroe-Shetland Channel), North of Shetland slope (Tranches 65-67), Statoil / BP survey (North of Shetland slope), Marathon survey (Brae oil field, central North Sea), and the Fladen Ground (central North Sea). In each of these areas seabed samples were obtained (Day grab, box core, Megacore, gravity corer) to study various environmental parameters (hydrocarbons, heavy metals, particle size) and macrobenthos communities. In the deep-water survey areas photographic and video observations (SOC WASP system) of the seabed and its fauna were also undertaken.
Chief scientistBrian James Bett (Southampton Oceanography Centre)
Coordinating bodyNOCS
Cruise reportRRS Charles Darwin CD123 cruise report cd123.pdf — access key 'C' (5.84 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificYmir Ridge, Wyville Thomson Ridge, Faroe Bank Channel, Faroe-Shetland Channel, West Shetland Slope, Fladen Ground
Track chartsRRS Charles Darwin CD123 cruise track — cd123trk.pdf (0.08 MB) 
Geology and geophysics 
GrabQuantity: number of hauls = 227
Description: Day grab
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of cores = 385
Description: 12 Megacore02, 62 Megacore04, 89 Megacore06, 115 Megacore08, 30 Megacore10 and 77 Megacore12
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of cores = 42
Description: Box Core
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of cores = 21
Description: BGS cores
Bottom photographyQuantity: number of observations = 58
Description: Wasp towed camera vehicle
Bottom photographyQuantity: number of stations = 2
Description: Bathysnap camera moorings