A methane hydrate mound on the seafloor; bubbles show that methane is continuously leaking out of features like this. If bottom waters warmed, this entire feature may be destabilized and leak methane at a higher rate.

This is a methane hydrate mound on the seafloor. The bubbles show that methane is continuously leaking from features like this. If bottom waters warmed, this entire feature may be destabilized and leak methane at a higher rate.

Related Links

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010: Methane in the Ocean

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery