Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin


Journal Article

We present the fi rst evidence for widespread seabed methane venting along the southeastern United States Atlantic margin beyond the well-known Blake Ridge diapir seep. Recent ship-and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)-collected data resolve multiple water-column anomalies (>1000 m height) and extensive new chemosynthetic seep communities at the Blake Ridge and Cape Fear diapirs. These results indicate that multiple, highly localized fl uid conduits punctuate the areally extensive Blake Ridge gas hydrate province, and enable the delivery of signifi cant amounts of methane to the water column. Thus, there appears to be an abundance of seabed fl uid flux not previously ascribed to the Atlantic margin of the United States. © 2013 Geological Society of America.

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Cited Authors

  • Brothers, LL; Van Dover, CL; German, CR; Kaiser, CL; Yoerger, DR; Ruppel, CD; Lobecker, E; Skarke, AD; Wagner, JKS

Published Date

  • July 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 807 - 810

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-2682

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-7613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1130/G34217.1

Citation Source

  • Scopus