Hunting Bubbles: Understanding Plumes of Seafloor Methane

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Okeanos Explorer Program

Bubbles Found

As we steam towards San Francisco in rough seas, I am reminded how lucky we have been during our time on the Falkor with the...

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Hunting Bubbles ~ Week Four Video

This week's #HuntingBubbles video looks at the trial of the ABISS lander and the next steps that the team will take as they reflect on...

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SOI / Kevin T McHugh

How is a Test Tube Like a Layer Cake?

If you have ever read a scientific paper, you probably know how dry and dull they can be. As a graduate student I spend a...

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Hunting Bubbles ~ Week Three Video

Two strategies being tested right now on the #HuntingBubbles expedition include rapid prototyping as well as modifying "off the shelf" sensors and instruments to specific scientific purposes....

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SOI / Kevin T McHugh

Metals – Key Players in the Past, Present, and Future!

The Earth’s flow of energy - from animals, to plants, to microbes - is dictated by electron transfers: that is, moving electrons from one molecule...

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Drawing Conclusions About Hydrates ~ Video

Get a personal class about what methane hydrates are and how they are formed in this quick lesson drawn by #ArtistAtSea Adam Swanson and narrated...

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SOI / Kevin T McHugh

Rapid Prototyping for the Deep Sea

This was not what I expected, but then again, I am not sure what I expected. Apart from a one-month stint in undergrad sailing across...

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Hunting Bubbles ~ Week Two Video

This week's #HuntingBubbles video explains and explores the cutting-edge technology being used on the expedition, including a Mass Spectrometer, Laser Spectrometer, and Stereoscopic High-Definition, High-Speed...

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ROV SuBastian

In-Situ Observations of Methane Bubbles from Natural Seeps

Many individuals are understandably oblivious to the resources and the teeming life contained below the surface of the ocean. Submarine pilots, marine biologists, and the like...

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SOI / Kevin T McHugh

The Tiny Extremists in Deep Sea Mud

At first glance, my day-to-day routine onboard the Falkor does not appear especially scientific in nature. Every morning, with the reflection of the sun glistening...

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Okeanos Explorer Program

Hunting Bubbles ~ Week One Video

Seafloor methane emissions have been documented for several decades, with newer evidence suggesting that methane bubble plumes from the deep sea are far more numerous...

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Abby Keller / SOI

Methane Support Systems of Deep Sea Ecosystems

As one of the few biologists on R/V Falkor, I am able to understand the methane seeps and bubble plumes from a different angle. While...

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Art Asks Questions, Science Seeks Answers

Science and art are deeply related. Both involve looking hard at what is around us: taking time to observe and collect information to filter through...

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Details…

In the hustle that often characterizes the two in-port days before a cruise, it is easy to get lost in the details. Together with my...

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