Observing Seafloor Methane Seeps at the Edge of Hydrate Stability

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Jannelle Trowbridge / USGS

WaterWord of the Day: Benthic Zone

The WaterWord: Benthic Zone Definition: How low can you go? Well, no lower than this, anyway. The benthic zone is the lowest ecological zone in a water...

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Bringing the Bubbles Home

As the R/V Falkor passes Cape Disappointment back into the mouth of the Columbia River, with Astoria rising in the background, I reflect back on our...

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By Psammophile - Microphotographie personnelle

WaterWord of the Day: Foraminifera

The WaterWord: Foraminifera Definition: Foraminifera are a group of protists similar to amoebas that mostly live in the world’s oceans. Many of them live in...

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Wrap Up Video – Hunting Bubbles

"After three weeks out here, we've really brought it all together: The biology that is living here, the geology that anchors it, and the chemistry...

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NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

WaterWord of the Day: Chemoherm

The WaterWord: Chemoherm Definition: Chemoherms are carbonate rock formations that have built up around methane seeps from the bodies of creatures that live near the...

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ROV SuBastian / SOI

Bringing the Lab to the Field

Usually when scientists do research, they go into the field, take samples, then bring them back to the lab. University of North Carolina at Chapel...

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Shelton Du Preez / Schmidt Ocean Institute

Hunting Bubbles – Week 02 Video Update

Robots, rare gases, tests with hydrochloric acid, and more - check out the second #HuntingBubbles weekly update video for in-depth explanations to the many facets...

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4K Video Highlights, Part One – Hunting Bubbles

ROV SuBastian has been examining a selection of the hundreds of methane seeps recently discovered on the U.S. Pacific Northwest margin north of the Mendocino...

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John Greene / SOI

WaterWord of the Day: Bathymetry

The WaterWord: Bathymetry Definition: Just as the land above the water has its highs and lows, so too does the land beneath the ocean’s surface. Those...

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Bill Danforth / USGS

Mapping by Moonlight

Setting sail on the R/V Falkor a few weeks ago to explore unknown features in the Pacific Ocean led us to consider the Lewis and...

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NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

WaterWords of the Day: Authigenic

The WaterWord: Authigenic Definition: Although some people are born with a wanderlust, wanting to travel all over, some seem to be ready made homebodies. And...

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ROV SuBastian / SOI

Unexpected Pathways

“I never intended to be studying these cold seeps, but then I found the anomaly.” With those words, Oregon State University/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

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Shelton Du Preez / Schmidt Ocean Institute

WaterWords of the Day: Methanotroph

The WaterWord: Methanotroph Definition: Wrapping up our fourth and final methane-based EarthWord for this cruise! We’ve spent the last several EarthWords talking about what makes the...

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Image courtesy of Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS.

WaterWords of the Day: Methanogenesis

The WaterWord: Methanogenesis Definition: Anytime you see the word “genesis,” you’re looking at the beginning of something, and methanogenesis is no exception. It refers to the...

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ROV SuBastian / SOI

Source of the Seeps

Seven days have gone past since we set sail from Astoria, and every day we have looked at these methane seeps. Bubbles, nosy sablefish, half-buried...

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Hunting Bubbles – Week 01 Video Update

In this first weekly update for the 2019 #HuntingBubbles expedition, find out where the team is searching for methane seeps and why these features are...

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B. Andrews / USGS

WaterWords of the Day: Continental Margin

The WaterWords: Continental Margin Definition: If you have ever gotten grief from a teacher for doodling in the margins of your notebook, you are probably aware...

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Tim Weiss / GEOMAR (Courtesy of GEOMAR)

The Secret Life of Bubbles

“Wait, stop, back up! There were bubbles back there!” With a cry and dramatic gesture to the screen, GEOMAR scientist and shipboard bubble expert Jens Greinert...

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Image credit: by Chad Skeers / CC BY 2.0

WaterWord of the Day: Methanogen

The WaterWord: Methanogen Definition: Although similar to the previous EarthWord, methanogenesis, this word is slightly different. It refers to the class of microbes that create...

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ROV SuBastian / Schmidt Ocean Institute

Spinning a Food Web Nearly Three Thousand Feet Underwater

The black of the mud makes for a stark contrast against the brilliant purple of USGS scientist Jennie McClain-Count’s gloves as she passes the sample...

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NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

WaterWord of the Day: Methane Seep

The WaterWord: Methane Seep Definition: Ever see a movie set at the bottom of the sea, and notice occasional streams of bubbles coming up from...

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SOI / Shelton Du Preez

Seeking the Seeps

The unusually bright Oregon sun beams down on me as I watch the soaring Astoria bridge recede into the background. The R/V Falkor has just...

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