Tag: Hydrates

Einsteins Grotto 2018

Einsteins' Grotto, the active methane seep first visited by the UW in 2010, continues to surprise us – this year, multiple bubble streams were issuing from the pit and exposed methane hydrate was documented in the sides of the wall. Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V18.

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Shallow Waters

The end of Leg 3 is approaching rapidly, and we successfully met every goal for this leg of the VISIONS14 expedition, including some originally scheduled for Leg 2. We’ll be back in Newport by morning. On to Leg 4!

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Exposed Hydrate at Einstein’s Grotto

Exposed gas hydrate (a clathrate of water ice that forms around methane) observed in Einstein's Grotto at the Southern Hydrate Ridge summit. Large bubbles were seen escaping intermittently from the crevice, indicating an active methane seep. A rockfish is sheltering within the grotto as well.

Photo Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF, Dive R1754, VISIONS14

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