One of the best parts of the dive was when we saw a number of methane bubbles rise slowly enough from the sea floor that they developed a crust of hydrates. A number of scientists have hypothesized that this happens when there are the right seafloor conditions, but to the best of our knowledge this was the first time this phenomena was captured on video. Needless to say our science team was very excited about this discovery.

One of the best parts of the dive was when we saw a number of methane bubbles rise slowly enough from the sea floor that they  developed a “crust” of hydrates. A number of scientists have hypothesized that this happens when there are the right seafloor conditions, but to the best of our knowledge this was the first time this phenomena was captured on video. Needless to say our science team was very excited about this discovery. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

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