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UD alumna among scientists aboard R/V Sharp for USGS-led expedition on mid-Atlantic methane seeps

A multi-institutional team led by United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists is nearing the end of a nine-day research cruise aboard the R/V Hugh R. Sharp — the University of Delaware’s 146-foot coastal research vessel — to explore methane seeps in the Atlantic Ocean.

The IMMeRSS (Interagency Mission for Methane Research at Seafloor Seeps) expedition focuses on the geology, ecology, chemistry, and physics of methane seeps on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic margin between Baltimore Canyon and Hatteras Canyon at water depths of 400-1,600 meters (1,300-5,250 feet).

The expedition is a collaborative effort between the USGS and the British Geological Survey, with support from NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), the USGS and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The research cruise runs through Thursday, May 11, and can be viewed via live stream video, courtesy of the Global Explorer remotely operated vehicle (ROV), managed and operated by Oceaneering Inc.