Hydrates, oil seepage, and chemosynthetic ecosystems on the Gulf of Mexico Slope: An update

James M. Brooks, Mahlon C. Kennicutt, Robert R. Bidigare, Terry L. Wade, Eric N. Powell, Guy J. Denoux, Roger R. Fay, James J. Childress, Chuck R. Fisher, Ian Rossman, Gregory Boland

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Abstract

In 1985, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M University (College Station, Tex.) reported in Eos [Brooks et al, 1985] the discovery of chemosynthetic organisms (bivalves and tube worms) at two sites on the Gulf of Mexico continental slope. The presence of gas hydrates at five sites, some associated with oil‐stained sediments, was also detailed. In the subsequent year, follow‐up cruises and submersible dives (using the Johnson Sea‐Link, owned and operated by the Harbor Branch Foundation, Fort Pierce, Fla., and the Navy NR‐1) investigated the physiology, biochemistry, and distribution of these chemosynthetic organisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-499
Number of pages2
JournalEos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume68
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - May 5 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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