Having finished collecting samples, scientists traded in their survival suits for lab coats to begin mapping the uncharted diversity of Arctic marine microbes. From February through September 2016, a team of NOAA and external partners will embark on a journey with NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to investigate and document deep-water environments in the western Pacific. Scientists went to the Arctic to write the final chapter of this compelling story of American whaling heritage and believe they have assembled the information to complete this task. Cold seeps are locations where hydrocarbon-rich fluid seeps up from below the seafloor, often as methane or hydrogen sulfide. Visit our cold seeps theme page to learn more about these seeps and the communities of life they support.
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Results of an expedition onboard R/V Falkor has more than doubled the number of known hydrothermal vent sites in the Mariana Back-arc region.

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