A view of the multibeam sonar water column backscatter data used to detect gas seeps.

Natural gas seeps overlaid on the background bathymetry (shown here as gray-scale sun-shaded bathymetry). The white vertical structures rising above the seafloor are the seeps derived from NOAA ships Gordon Gunter and Thomas Jefferson's 12/18 kHz split-beam echo sounder during their 2010 work in Gulf of Mexico. Note the location of the Macando Well head (shown as a blue cylinder). Image courtesy of the University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center using IVS Fledermaus software.

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