Cold Seeps

Related Expeditions

Below are some past expeditions featured on the OceanExplorer.NOAA.gov website that visited cold seep sites.

Gulf of Mexico 2017

Gulf of Mexico 2017

During the Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, a team of scientists and technicians, both at sea and on shore, conducted exploratory investigations into the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and associated marine communities in the Gulf of Mexico basin.

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Northeast U.S. Canyons 2013

Northeast U.S. Canyons 2013

A team of scientists and technicians both at sea and on shore conducted exploratory investigations on the diversity and distribution of deep-sea habitats and marine life along the Northeast U.S. Canyons and at Mytilus Seamount, located within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

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Chile Margin 2010

INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010

A main goal of the Chile Margin 2010 expedition was to explore the Chile triple junction, which is the only place on Earth where an actively spreading mid-ocean ridge is being subducted beneath a continent, providing a unique setting for scientists to compare fauna at both hydrothermal vents and cold seeps in close proximity.

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Expedition to the Deep Slope 2006

Expedition to the Deep Slope (2006)

This expedition consisted of four scientific investigations to study the continental shelf break and slope from the eastern coast of Florida to North Carolina. It focused on the characterization of deep-reef habitats; exploration of the unique outer shelf and slope habitats off the Carolinas; discovery of new resources with pharmaceutical potential; and exploration of vision and cold seeps in the deep-sea benthos.

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New Zealand Seeps 2006

New Zealand Seeps 2006

The objective of New Zealand Seeps, or NEW ZEEPS 06, was to study the fauna and microbial communities of four types of chemosynthetic habitats: hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, whale falls, and sunken wood. The waters around New Zealand are among the few places in the world where these four chemosynthetic habitat types occur in close proximity.

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Windows to the Deep 2003

Windows to the Deep (2003)

During this expedition, scientists used the Alvin submersible and other tools to explore the biology, physics, and chemistry of seafloor methane seeps at water depths of 2,000 to 2,800 meters off the coast of the southeastern United States.

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Gulf of Mexico 2002

Chemosynthetic Life in the Gulf of Mexico (2002)

In 2002, a series of explorations took place in the Gulf of Mexico during the summer in order to discover and characterize new species at methane seep sites, explore unique outer shelf and slope habitats, and discover new resources with pharmaceutical potential

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The above items are only a selection of the educational materials highlighting cold seeps on our website.

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