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Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Catalog of Images

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Closer inspection of the hole in expl8317 reveals whisps of white material trailing through the water.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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A cusk eel, a red crab, and a diaphanous life form in the upper left.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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A brown eel hovering over the bottom. A large hole with a rim of excavated material is in the upper center. The bottom is littered with tube worms.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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An eel, a red crab, and numerous tube worms are the observed biota in this seep area.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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Rock outcrop with large hole, bacterial mat with globules of material, other odd appearing white and translucent life forms including a large nearly invisible anemones.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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A red crab (Chaceon sp.) in the vicinity of an outcrop of brown methane hydrates .
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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An eel slithering through the water above a small outcrop. Numerous red pandalid shrimp are seen on the seafloor.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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A large depression surrounded by the excavated material.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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Ice worms in an outcropping of methane hydrate.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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Strange image near a methane seep. Are these trapped bubbles below an overhang?
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 13
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Scale worm in a seep area. The small white specks are amphipods.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 14
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A gas capture device, called the methane bucket, was assembled and deployed on the Little Hercules. The methane bucket allows for estimating the volumetric flow rate associated with bubbles of methane gas at natural seeps. The methane forms a mix of hydrate (methane ice) and gas at depth but when brought to the surface the hydrate dissociates allowing measuring gas volume.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 14
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The Little Hercules remotely operated vehicle, outfitted with a 'methane bucket' capture device, captures gas bubbles percolating up from a seafloor gas seep.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 14
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Photo #1 of sequence showing capture of methane gas which forms hydrate at the top of the methane bucket.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 14
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Photo #2 of sequence showing capture of methane gas which forms hydrate at the top of the methane bucket.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 14
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Photo #3 of sequence showing capture of methane gas which forms hydrate at the top of the methane bucket.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 14
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Broken mussel shells at the site of a cold seep.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 16
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Natural gas seep imaged with acoustic sounding technology. Red line is bottom profile.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 16
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The methane bucket deployed over a methane seep with live mussels and a large red crab (Chaceon quinquedens) in the background. Note bubbles in chamber and methane hydrate formed at top of container.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 16
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The methane bucket deployed over a methane seep with live mussels and a large red crab (Chaceon quinquedens) in the background. Note bubbles in chamber and methane hydrate formed at top of container.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 16
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A 'methane bucket' capture device added to the front of the Little Hercules r remotely operated vehicle with gas hydrate (shiny material) at the top of the cylinder. During ascent, the hydrate was seen to sublimate to gas and expand in volume, filling the gas cylinder.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 16
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Launching Little Hercules from the after deck of the OKEANOS EXPLORER. A calibrated grid is attached to the ROV on its right in this image. It will be used to measure the rate of methane gas emission from a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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A calibrated grid attached to the front of Little Hercules in order to collect imagery data that will allow scientists to assess sizes and rates of bubble escape from natural methane seeps.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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An aggregation of mussels and a lone urchin at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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Preparing to deploy a calibrated grid for measuring rate of methane emissions at a cold seep site. Serendipitously a comb jelly is seen below the right side supporting arm of the grid.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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Bubbles of methane gas rising through a mussel bed at the Pascagoula Dome seen silhouetted against a calibrated grid.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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Bubbles of methane gas rising through a mussel bed at the Pascagoula Dome seen silhouetted against a calibrated grid.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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Bubbles of methane gas rise through a mussel bed at the Pascagoula Dome and are seen silhouetted against a calibrated grid.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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Bubbles of methane gas rise through a mussel bed at the Pascagoula Dome and are seen silhouetted against a calibrated grid.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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Bubbles of methane gas rise through a mussel bed at the Pascagoula Dome and are seen silhouetted against a calibrated grid.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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Bubbles of methane gas rise through a mussel bed at the Pascagoula Dome.
Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula Dome 2012 April 17
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Methane bubbles rising from a seep area.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 18
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Methane bubbles rising from a seep area.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 18
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Three bubbles of less dense than water hydrocarbon gas and fluids escaping from an oil, gas, and brine seep area. The left-most bubbles seem to have escaping material that is leaving a trail of the bubble trajectories through the water column.
2012 April 20
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A closeup of a bubble of hydrocarbon gas and fluids escaping from an oil, gas, and brine seep area.
2012 April 20
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Small mounds or volcanoes around the periphery of a brine pool rose small heights (centimeters) from the seafloor. Some of these small volcanoes were emitting gas, probably also mixed with liquid hydrocarbons and brine. Is the brown material covering the black oil a mineral precipitate or is it of biological origin?
Gulf of Mexico, Green Canyon, Ewing Block 915 2012 April 20
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A small "volcano" around the periphery of a brine pool rose small heights (centimeters) from the seafloor. Some of these small volcanoes were emitting gas, probably also mixed with liquid hydrocarbons and brine. Note the bubble of gas rising from the small volcano reflecting the lights of Little Hercules giving an illusion of eyes staring back at the camera.
Gulf of Mexico, Green Canyon, Ewing Block 915 2012 April 20
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Globules of tar and white bacterial mat at a natural oil seep. The white specks seen above the black background are probably copepods. In the left upper center a bristleworm is crawling over the bacterial mat.
Gulf of Mexico, Sigsbee Escarpment 2012 April 24
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Globules of tar and white bacterial mat at a natural oil seep. The white specks seen above the black background are probably copepods. The bristle worm seen in image expl8356 has moved further up the mound and can be seen in the upper center of the image. This movement occurred over a period of six minutes between images.
Gulf of Mexico, Sigsbee Escarpment 2012 April 24
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Globules of tar and white bacterial mat at a natural oil seep. The white specks seen above the black background are probably copepods.
Gulf of Mexico, Sigsbee Escarpment 2012 April 24
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Amphipod and translucent worm tube associated with white spongy material at oil seep site on the seafloor.
Gulf of Mexico, Sigsbee Escarpment 2012 April 24
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Filaments of bacterial material and white mats of bacteria material at a natural oil seep site on the seafloor.
Gulf of Mexico, Sigsbee Escarpment 2012 April 24
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Small tar stalagmite appearing structures caused by a natural oil seep on the seafloor.
2012 April 24
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Stalagmites of tar rise from the seafloor with a surrounding white bacterial mat.
Gulf of Mexico, Sigsbee Escarpment 2012 April 24
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Small tar stalagmite appearing structures caused by a natural oil seep on the seafloor.
2012 April 24
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Stalagmites of tar rise from the seafloor with a surrounding white bacterial mat.
Gulf of Mexico, Sigsbee Escarpment 2012 April 24
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Small tar stalagmite appearing structures caused by a natural oil seep on the seafloor.
2012 April 24
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Stalagmites of tar rise from the seafloor with a surrounding white bacterial mat.
Gulf of Mexico, Sigsbee Escarpment 2012 April 24
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An aggregation of vestimentiferan tubeworms (Lamellibrachia sp.). Such aggregations provide habitat for smaller animals such as the small white anemones covering the tube worm tubes, and the shrimps Alvinocaris muricola. The tiny white spots all around the tubeworms are copepods, tiny swimming crustaceans.
Gulf of Mexico, Green Canyon, Ewing Block 915 2012 April 20
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A close-up of black coral (Bathypathes sp.), multiple yellow (Paramuricea sp.) amd red (top right of image; Swiftia sp.) corals as the TowCam came very close to this scarp at 1,679 meters in Gilbert Canyon.
Gilbert Canyon

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