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Alvin explores the deep northern Gulf of Mexico Slope

May 28, 2007

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2007
Title Alvin explores the deep northern Gulf of Mexico Slope
DOI 10.1029/2007EO350001
Authors Harry H. Roberts, R. Carney, M. Kupchik, Charles R. Fisher, S Kim Nelson, Erin Becker, Liz Goehring, Stephanie Lessard-Pilon, Guy Telesnicki, Bernie Bernard, James M. Brooks, Monika Bright, Erik E. Cordes, S. Hourdez, Jesse Hunt, William Shedd, Gregory Boland, Samantha B. Joye, V. Samarkin, M. Bernier, M. Bowler, Ian R. MacDonald, H. Niemann, Cindy Petersen, Cheryl Morrison, J.R. Potter
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Index ID 70210278
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Leetown Science Center