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From June 12 to July 3, 2019, the USGS sailed onboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor with several other partners, seeking methane seeps along the seafloor of several underwater canyons off the coast of Oregon and Washington. On this cruise, USGS scientists will seek to understand how much methane is coming out of these seeps, how it travels through the water column, and its ultimate fate in the ocean. Scientists will also study the living communities and rock formations that accompany and underlie these methane seeps.




Image shows sunset over the Pacific Ocean

Sunset from the R/V Falkor during the #HuntingBubbles expedition.

(Credit: Alex Demas, USGS. Public domain.)


Image shows a man guiding equipment over the side of a ship

R/V Falkor deploys the CTD, short for Conductivity, Temperature and Depth. The instrument measures the conductivity in water, which is a good proxy for what the water has dissolved in it like salt, as well as the temperature and depth of the water where the instrument currently is. That information is then paired with any other data to give environmental context.

(Credit: Shelton Du Preez, Schmidt Ocean Institute. Courtesy of Schmidt Ocean Institute)