Physical properties of the Nankai inner accretionary prism sediments at Site C0002, IODP Expedition 348.

Friday, 19 December 2014
Manami Kitamura, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan, Hiroko Kitajima, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, United States, Pierre Henry, CEREGE - Col France, Aix-En-Provence, France, Robert D Valdez, II, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, United States, Matthew Josh, CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering Perth, Perth, WA, Australia, Harold J Tobin, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, United States, Demian M Saffer, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, United States, Takehiro Hirose, JAMSTEC, Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research, Nankoku City, Kochi, Japan, Sean Toczko, JAMSTEC Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, CDEX, Kanagawa, Japan and Lena Maeda, JAMSTEC Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Kanagawa, Japan
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) Expedition 348 focused on deepening the existing riser hole at Site C0002 to ~3000 meters below seafloor (mbsf) to access the deep interior of the Miocene inner accretionary prism. This unique tectonic environment, which has never before been sampled in situ by ocean drilling, was characterized through riser drilling, logging while drilling (LWD), mud gas monitoring and sampling, and cuttings and core analysis. Shipboard physical properties measurements including moisture and density (MAD), electrical conductivity, P-wave, natural gamma ray, and magnetic susceptibility measurements were performed mainly on cuttings samples from 870.5 to 3058.5 mbsf, but also on core samples from 2163 and 2204 mbsf.

MAD measurements were conducted on seawater-washed cuttings (“bulk cuttings”) in two size fractions of >4 mm and 1-4 mm from 870.5 to 3058.5 mbsf, and hand-picked intact cuttings from the >4 mm size fractions within 1222.5-3058.5 mbsf interval. The bulk cuttings show grain density of ~2.7 g/cm3, bulk density of 1.9 g/cm3 to 2.2 g/cm3, and porosity of 50% to 32%. Compared to the values on bulk cuttings, the intact cuttings show almost the same grain density, but higher bulk density and lower porosity, respectively. Combined with the MAD measurements on hand-picked intact cuttings and discrete core samples from previous expeditions, porosity generally decreases from ~60% to ~20% from the seafloor to 3000 mbsf at Site C0002.

Electrical conductivity and P-wave velocity on discrete samples, which were prepared from both cuttings and core samples in the depth interval of 1745.5-3058.5 mbsf, range 0.15-0.9 S/m and 1.7-4.5 km/s, respectively. The electrical resistivity on discrete samples is higher than the LWD resistivity data but the overall depth trends are similar. The electrical conductivity and P-wave velocity on discrete samples corrected for in-situ pressure and temperature will be presented.

The shipboard physical properties measurements on cuttings are very limited but can be useful with careful treatment and observation.