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Gallery: Amazing images of Atlantic Methane Seeps

Nerve center

Okeanos control room

(Image credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition)

Inside the control room aboard the NOAA research ship Okeanos Explorer.

How crabs do it

mating red crabs

(Image credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition)

A pair of mating deep-sea Atlantic red crabs. The male crab is carrying the upside-down female.

Bubbles

Methane gas bubbles

(Image credit: Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS)

Methane gas bubbles vent from the seafloor.

To the surface with you

Methane seep

(Image credit: Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS)

The ROV Jason collects a sea urchin from a methane seep near Norfolk Canyon.

Becky Oskin
Becky Oskin covers Earth science, climate change and space, as well as general science topics. Becky was a science reporter at Live Science and The Pasadena Star-News; she has freelanced for New Scientist and the American Institute of Physics. She earned a master's degree in geology from Caltech, a bachelor's degree from Washington State University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.