Gas Hydrates and Gas Bubbles
Gas hydrate (orange material) and gas bubbles near the seafloor in the northern Gulf of Mexico. As the methane bubbles are emitted, a rind of gas hydrate immediately forms around some of them. If more bubbles continue to feed from below, gas hydrate forms. This image was obtained from a remotely-operated vehicle managed by NOAA as part of the Ocean Exploration and Research Program. Field of view less than 5 cm across.