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[SCG16-10] Fluid emission along the Nankai Trough: Insights from noble gases in the sediment pore water
Keywords:He fluxes, subduction zones, terrigenic fluids, transport processes
In the present contribution we report the results of the noble-gas and carbon isotope measurements conducted in water and sediment samples collected along the Nankai Trough using the ROV HyperDolphin during RV Natsushima cruises NT13-08 and NT14-07.
In general, sediment cores acquired at active cold seeps at the splay fault off shore Kumano are characterized by the presence of crustal He and the respective He concentration gradients are highly variable. Sediment cores collected at shallower water depths show relatively low He concentration gradients and high 3He/4He ratios suggesting the presence of mantle He.
The fluid transport dynamics in the investigated area are discussed in the light of the new insights provided by the spatial distribution of the fluxes and the isotope signature of terrigenic He provided by the present study.