On Dive 02 of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition, ROV Deep Discoverer found an interesting brine pool. Brine seeps are common in the Gulf of Mexico, but brine pools of this size (up to 10 meters wide and ~100 meters long) are not common. They are caused by seepage from salt bodies below the surface sediments and often are associated with hydrocarbon seeps. Around the shores of this brine pool we found anemones, fish, corals, sea stars, crustaceans, and tube worms. Pictured here are tube worms and anemones on a carbonate outcrop next to the brine pool.

On Dive 02 of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition, ROV Deep Discoverer found an interesting brine pool. Brine seeps are common in the Gulf of Mexico, but brine pools of this size (up to 10 meters wide and ~100 meters long) are not common. They are caused by seepage from salt bodies below the surface sediments and often are associated with hydrocarbon seeps. Around the shores of this brine pool we found anemones, fish, corals, sea stars, crustaceans, and tube worms. Pictured here are tube worms and anemones on a carbonate outcrop next to the brine pool. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

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