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Römer, Miriam; Riedel, Michael; Scherwath, Martin; Heesemann, Martin; Spence, George D (2016): (Table S1) Earthquakes detected in RSAM and BPR record with date and time, magnitude and location with distance to sonar-site. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Römer, M et al. (2016): Tidally controlled gas bubble emissions: A comprehensive study using long-term monitoring data from the NEPTUNE cabled observatory offshore Vancouver Island. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17(9), 3797-3814,

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Long-term monitoring over 1 year revealed high temporal variability of gas emissions at a cold seep in 1250 m water depth offshore Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Data from the North East Pacific Time series Underwater Networked Experiment observatory operated by Ocean Networks Canada were used. The site is equipped with a 260 kHz Imagenex sonar collecting hourly data, conductivity-temperature-depth sensors, bottom pressure recorders, current meter, and an ocean bottom seismograph. This enables correlation of the data and analyzing trigger mechanisms and regulating criteria of gas discharge activity. Three periods of gas emission activity were observed: (a) short activity phases of few hours lasting several months, (b) alternating activity and inactivity of up to several day-long phases each, and (c) a period of several weeks of permanent activity. These periods can neither be explained by oceanographic conditions nor initiated by earthquakes. However, we found a clear correlation of gas emission with bottom pressure changes controlled by tides. Gas bubbles start emanating during decreasing tidal pressure. Tidally induced pressure changes also influence the subbottom fluid system by shifting the methane solubility resulting in exsolution of gas during falling tides. These pressure changes affect the equilibrium of forces allowing free gas in sediments to emanate into the water column at decreased hydrostatic load. We propose a model for the fluid system at the seep, fueled by a constant subsurface methane flux and a frequent tidally controlled discharge of gas bubbles into the ocean, transferable to other gas emission sites in the world's oceans.
Median Latitude: 49.192688 * Median Longitude: -131.117628 * South-bound Latitude: -10.800000 * West-bound Longitude: 102.890000 * North-bound Latitude: 56.298000 * East-bound Longitude: -102.180000
Date/Time Start: 2012-06-19T13:40:00 * Date/Time End: 2013-06-21T05:18:00
Minimum Elevation: -1250.0 m * Maximum Elevation: -1250.0 m
NEPTUNE * Latitude Start: 24.670000 * Longitude Start: -110.170000 * Latitude End: 40.180000 * Longitude End: -121.030000 * Elevation Start: -1250.0 m * Elevation End: -1250.0 m * Location: off west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia * Method/Device: Underway cruise track measurements (CT) * Comment: Ocean Networks Canada's North-East Pacific Time Series Underwater Networked Experiments (NEPTUNE)
cabled ocean observatory.
Earthquakes detected in RSAM and BPR record with date and time, magnitude and location (Latitude and Longitude) with distance to sonar-site. The azimuth is the angle between sonar and earthquake location. Time delays for P- and S-wave were calculated using standard Earth reference velocity model.
RSAM: Real-time Seismic Amplitude Measurement.
BPR: bottom pressure recorder.
#NameShort NameUnitPrincipal InvestigatorMethod/DeviceComment
1DATE/TIMEDate/TimeRömer, MiriamGeocode
2MagnitudeMagnitudeRömer, Miriam
3LATITUDELatitudeRömer, MiriamGeocode
4LONGITUDELongitudeRömer, MiriamGeocode
5DistanceDistancekmRömer, Miriam
6AzimuthAzimdegRömer, Miriam
7Time delayTime delayRömer, MiriamP-wave (in minutes)
8Time delayTime delayRömer, MiriamS-wave (in minutes)
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