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Deep sea currents

Deep sea currents

Hello all,

Does anyone know where I can find information on deep sea currents in deep sea drilling areas? I need them so I can analyse the behavour of a frame being lowered through the water column to 10,000 feet.

Any help appreciated.



RE: Deep sea currents

Thanks JL. Sorry I completely forgot to log on to thank you for the link earlier. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

If anyone else is reading this thread looking for similar data I have found a good site at:

It has a list of all the drilling areas in the Gulf, with their depths and the current velocities at certain depths, with their directions. I think the deepest one is roughly 3,000 feet.

Does anyone have any idea where the details of currents (velocities and direction) nearer to 10,000 feet could be found?



RE: Deep sea currents

Wow.  I think you are going to have to punt..  Remember the ocean is 99.999% unexplored.  I doubt you will be able to find a map of those currents as how can you measure them?  Hanging some thing on the end of a 2 mile cable doesn't work very well even.

If you are trying to design something somewhere I would expect you'd have to measure it, there.

Maybe you could talk to someone at MBARI or Woods Hole.

Keith Cress
Flamin Systems, Inc.-

RE: Deep sea currents

The operating companies have proprietary loop studies done for their deep-water platform projects.  The studies that I have seen have lots of confidential proprietary red stamps on the plots.

RE: Deep sea currents

 The Scripps Institute had a deep water coring operation running in the Seventies. They have probably a  database of worldwide deepsea currents.

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