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Pock­mark fields off Hel­go­land

New publication: Re­search­ers dis­cover meth­ane vents in the Ger­man Bight. HZG scientists involved in the publication are Justus van Beusekom, Alexander Bratek and Andreas Neumann from HZG-Department "Aquatic Nutrient Cycles": The coastal researchers have, among other things, taken sediment samples and carried out methane measurements

Overview map with the position of the pockmark field discovered at Helgoland Reef in the German Bight. Land polygons ©OpenStreetMap contributors (available under the Open Database License; see www.openstreetmap.org/copyright).

Within a period of a few months thou­sands of craters formed on the sea bed off the North Sea is­land of Hel­go­land. Gas es­cap­ing out of the sea floor en­trained sand and upon set­tling cre­ated mounds. For the first time evid­ence for massive meth­ane re­lease has been dis­covered in the area of Hel­go­land Reef. Knut Krämer of MARUM – Cen­ter for Mar­ine En­vir­on­mental Sci­ences at the Uni­versity of Bre­men and col­leagues have pub­lished their find­ings in the journal Scientific Reports.

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