Alvin explores the deep northern Gulf of Mexico Slope

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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Abstract

Many of the world's productive deepwater hydrocarbon basins experience significant and ongoing vertical migration of fluids and gases to the modern seafloor. These products, which are composed of hydrocarbon gases, crude oil, formation fluids, and fluidized sediment, dramatically change the geologic character of the ocean floor, and they create sites where chemosynthetic communities supported by sulfide and hydrocarbons flourish.

Unique fauna inhabit these sites, and the chemosynthetic primary production results in communities with biomass much greater than that of the surrounding seafloor.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Alvin explores the deep northern Gulf of Mexico Slope
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/2007EO350001
Volume 88
Issue 35
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Leetown Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 341
Last page 348
Country United States
Other Geospatial Gulf of Mexico
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