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Acoustic investigation of gas seeps on the NE Sakhalin continental slope, Sea of Okhotsk

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Title
Acoustic investigation of gas seeps on the NE Sakhalin continental slope, Sea of Okhotsk
Other Titles
오호츠크해 사할린 북동사면의 가스분출구조의 음향학적 연구
Authors
Jin, Young Keun
B. Baranov
A. Obzhirov
H. Shoji
Keywords
Okhostk; Sakhalin; gas hydrate; methane; seep
Issue Date
2008
Citation
Jin, Young Keun, et al. 2008. Acoustic investigation of gas seeps on the NE Sakhalin continental slope, Sea of Okhotsk. AOGS 2008. AOGS 2008. 2008.06.16~.
Abstract
On the northeastern Sakhalin slope in the Sea of Okhotsk, there have been found a lot of gas hydrate-related phenomena like active gas/fluid venting sites at the seafloor, methane releases into the water column, and massive gas hydrate deposits. Within the frameworks of CHAOS (2003, 2006) and SSGH projects (2007), acoustic surveys including side-scan sonar (SSS), sparker high-resolution seismic, echosounding survey were conducted in the area (53°56' N, 143°52' E to 54°40' N, 144°32' E). SSS mosaic covering the area shows that about 130 seabed structures with high backscatter intensity. The structures are divided into two groups by shape, subbttom structure, and occurrence depths. Most of them are circular and widely distributed in the slope shallower than 1000 m water depth, while the rest are linear and angular appearing in the flat basin area deeper than 1000 m. The circular structures with diameters ranging from 100 m to 800 m are interpreted to be gas seeps, and the angular ones turned out seafloor undulations. Sparker seismic profiles reveal very shallow top of BSR at 300 m water depth and the BSR is quietly disturbed by gas chimney structures below active gas seeps. Most gas flares detected by echosounder take place in/around gas seeps. Sparker and echosounding survey are very efficient methods to identify whether gas seeps are active or not
URI
http://repository.kopri.re.kr/handle/201206/7863
Conference Name
AOGS 2008
Conference Place
AOGS 2008
Conference Date
2008.06.16~
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