After discovering an unexpectedly warm methane seep this morning, we've reloaded the vehicles with samplers diving to 1750 meters to explore the chemosynthetic communities at the Coquille Slope on Cascadia Margin, about 50 miles west of Coos Bay Oregon.
Our team is in the control room and ready for your questions!
Cascadia Margin Seep Exploration
For two weeks, E/V Nautiluswill return to the Cascadia Margin, a geologically active region located offshore of Washington, Oregon, and northern California, where we have mapped and explored many methane seeps and cold seeps. Since the 2016 expedition season, E/V Nautilus and other vessel’s multibeam sonar surveys have located over 3,500 previously unknown bubble streams rising from the Cascadia Margin between the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington and California’s Cape Mendocino at depths between 200-3,200 meters (Merle et al., 2021).