Biology at Coastal Sites and Slope Base
Here you can find information, images, and video related to the organisms observed during OOI Cabled Array expeditions at coastal sites on the Juan de Fuca Plate. Southern Hydrate Ridge, at a water depth of 770 to 780 meters, hosts dense and fascinating communities of microbes and animals fueled by methane and sulfide escaping from hydrocarbon deposits buried beneath the sediment. The Slope Base study site, at a water depth of 2800 to 3000 meters, is located near the foot of the continental slope about 60 miles (100 km) west of Newport, Oregon, and is coupled with other Cabled and Endurance Array installations off the central Oregon coast (at 600 and 80 meters water depth).
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