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Audio Reveals Sizes of Methane Bubbles Rising from the Seafloor

August 06, 2018

Tiny bubbles of methane gas can be detected rising from the seafloor using sensitive underwater microphones and the sound data can be used to estimate the bubbles’ sizes.

Link: https://eos.org/articles/audio-reveals-sizes-of-methane-bubbles-rising-from-the-…

Sample science: Ocean explorers search for methane off the Oregon Coast

July 04, 2018

After three weeks of scanning and sampling for methane seeping out along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, researchers aboard the Nautilus pulled into the Port of Astoria on Friday with their findings. Tamara Baumberger and Bob Dziak are quoted. 

Link: Sample science: Ocean explorers search for methane off the Oregon Coast

Researchers listen to methane bubbles off Oregon coast

June 27, 2018

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A research team has successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor off the Oregon coast using a hydrophone, opening the door to using acoustics to identify – and perhaps quantify – this important greenhouse gas in the ocean. Bob Dziak is quoted. 

Link: Researchers listen to methane bubbles off Oregon coast

Snapping Shrimp 'Dinner Bell' May Tell Gray Whales When to Eat

February 14, 2018

Do you ever wish you could just snap your fingers and have dinner ready? Well, that dream is kind of a reality for one species of whale. Joe Haxel is quoted. 

Link: Snapping Shrimp 'Dinner Bell' May Tell Gray Whales When to Eat

Submarine volcanoes add to ocean soundscape

December 04, 2017

Most volcanoes erupt beneath the ocean, but scientists know little about them compared to what they know about volcanoes that eject their lava on dry land. Gabrielle Tepp of the Alaska Volcano Observatory and the U.S. Geological Survey thinks that with improved monitoring, scientists can learn more about these submarine eruptions, which threaten travel and alter the ocean soundscape.

Link: Submarine volcanoes add to ocean soundscape

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