Benthic Flow Meter 2013

Benthic Flow Meters Deployed
Methane hydrate seep

An active methane hydrate seep site at Southern Hydrate Ridge. Emanating out of the cavity in the sediments are bubbles from gas hydrate dissociation within the shallow sediments. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF

Beggiatoa matting at Southern Hydrate Ridge

Beggiatoa matting (white) at Southern Hydrate Ridge with small snails. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF

In 2013 during the VISIONS'13 Expedition, two benthic flow meters were deployed in active seep sites at the summit of Southern Hydrate Ridge. The two different instrument packages have different sensitivitites in terms of measuring "low" and "high" flow rates. They will be recovered in 2014 and follow-on analyses of the sampled fluids will allow calculation of fluid flux locally. The two sensors were developed by Evan Solomon (Mosquito - University of Washington) and Mike Tryon (CAT - Scripps Institution of Oceanography).

Benthic Flow Meter Overview