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[MIS17-07] Characteristics of seep gas retrieved in the ROV expedition off Abashiri, the Sea of Okhotsk
Keywords:gas hydrate, Sea of Okhotsk, remotely operated vehicle, gas origin
The gas sampling tool is composed of pressure chamber (volume: 75mL), ball valve, and large funnel. Opening and closing processes of the ball valve can be operated by a manipulator of ROV. The 1KY17 cruise was executed on July 2017 off Abashiri, where gas hydrates were recovered in the previous cruises. We obtained four gas samples from two gas-seepage sites. Sediment cores close to the gas vent points were also obtained using a push corer to check sediment gas dissolved in pore water, and measured their gas profiles by a headspace gas method.
Molecular and isotopic compositions of hydrocarbons of the seep gases were almost the same as those of the hydrate-bound gas, whereas hydrogen sulfide was not detected, suggesting that hydrogen sulfide generated by a process of anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) mixed with the seep gas ascending from deeper sediment layer. Depth of SMI (sulfate-methane interface) close to the seep point was less than 2cm. Concentration of methane in the sediment cores was 1-10mM, while those of CO2 and hydrogen sulfide were around 1mM at the depth from 2cm to 22cm. δ13C of CO2 distributed between -60‰ to -40‰, indicating that large amount of light methane in the seep gas is oxidized beneath the sea floor.