Hydrates, oil seepage, and chemosynthetic ecosystems on the Gulf of Mexico Slope: An update Academic Article uri icon


  • In 1985, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M University (College Station, Tex.) reported in Eos [Brooks et al, 1985] the discovery of chemosynthetic organisms (bivalves and tube worms) at two sites on the Gulf of Mexico continental slope. The presence of gas hydrates at five sites, some associated with oilstained sediments, was also detailed. In the subsequent year, followup cruises and submersible dives (using the Johnson SeaLink, owned and operated by the Harbor Branch Foundation, Fort Pierce, Fla., and the Navy NR1) investigated the physiology, biochemistry, and distribution of these chemosynthetic organisms. 1987. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

published proceedings

  • Eos

author list (cited authors)

  • Brooks, J. M., Kennicutt, M. C., Bidigare, R. R., Wade, T. L., Powell, E. N., Denoux, G. J., ... Boland, G.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • Brooks, James M||Kennicutt, Mahlon C||Bidigare, Robert R||Wade, Terry L||Powell, Eric N||Denoux, Guy J||Fay, Roger R||Childress, James J||Fisher, Chuck R||Rossman, Ian||Boland, Gregory

publication date

  • January 1987