Gas Hydrates and Gas Bubbles

Photograph of gas hydrates and gas bubbles near the seafloor

Detailed Description

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.


Image Dimensions: 2015 x 2157

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Location Taken: US