First discovery of a cold seep on the continental margin of the central Red Sea

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/562200
Title:
First discovery of a cold seep on the continental margin of the central Red Sea
Authors:
Batang, Zenon B. ( 0000-0003-4593-0589 ) ; Papathanassiou, Evangelos; Al-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.; Smith, Chris J M; Salomidi, Maria; Petihakis, George; Mannalamkunnath Alikunhi, Nabeel; Smith, Edward Lloyd; Mallon, Francis; Yapici, Tahir; Fayad, Nabil
Abstract:
A new cold brine seep system with microbial mats and metazoan assemblages was discovered by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) on the Saudi continental margin of central Red Sea. Now named as Thuwal Seeps, it has a shallow brine pool between 840 and 850. m water depths that is formed by focused brine expulsions from two sites (Seep I: 22°17.3'N, 38°53.8'E; Seep II: 22°16.9'N, 38°53.9'E). The seep is located at the base of a steep wall rock closer to the shore (20. km) than to the axial trough (120. km). The brine pool does not exhibit a significant thermal anomaly (<. 0.3°C) and is so far the coldest (21.7°C) and least saline (74‰) among brine pools in the Red Sea. This discovery provides the first direct evidence of a cold seep with associated biota on the continental margin of the Red Sea. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
KAUST Department:
Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab; Analytical Core Lab; Core Labs
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Journal of Marine Systems
Issue Date:
Jun-2012
DOI:
10.1016/j.jmarsys.2011.12.004
Type:
Article
ISSN:
09247963
Sponsors:
Red Sea Expedition 2010 is sponsored by KAUST under its Global Collaborative Research program. Manolis Kalergis, Leonidas Manousakis, Kostas Katsaros, and Theodoros Fotopoulos from HCMR assisted in ROV operations. The captain and crew of R/V Aegaeo provided support during the entire cruise. We thank Kathleen Campbell (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Martin Hovland (Statoil, Norway) for clarifications on the Red Sea seeps. We solicited taxonomic opinions from Greg Rouse (University of California San Diego, USA) and Nomiki Simboura (HCMR) on tubeworms; Elena Krylova (P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russia), Zenetos Argyros (HCMR), Serge Gofas (Universidad de Malaga, Spain) and Henk Dekker (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on clams; Andreas Kroh (Natural History Museum, Vienna) on sea urchins; and Rob van Soest (Zoological Museum of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on sponges. William DeCarvalho prepared the maps of the study area.
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Articles; Analytical Core Lab; Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab

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dc.contributor.authorBatang, Zenon B.en
dc.contributor.authorPapathanassiou, Evangelosen
dc.contributor.authorAl-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.en
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Chris J Men
dc.contributor.authorSalomidi, Mariaen
dc.contributor.authorPetihakis, Georgeen
dc.contributor.authorMannalamkunnath Alikunhi, Nabeelen
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Edward Lloyden
dc.contributor.authorMallon, Francisen
dc.contributor.authorYapici, Tahiren
dc.contributor.authorFayad, Nabilen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-03T09:47:07Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-03T09:47:07Zen
dc.date.issued2012-06en
dc.identifier.issn09247963en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jmarsys.2011.12.004en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/562200en
dc.description.abstractA new cold brine seep system with microbial mats and metazoan assemblages was discovered by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) on the Saudi continental margin of central Red Sea. Now named as Thuwal Seeps, it has a shallow brine pool between 840 and 850. m water depths that is formed by focused brine expulsions from two sites (Seep I: 22°17.3'N, 38°53.8'E; Seep II: 22°16.9'N, 38°53.9'E). The seep is located at the base of a steep wall rock closer to the shore (20. km) than to the axial trough (120. km). The brine pool does not exhibit a significant thermal anomaly (<. 0.3°C) and is so far the coldest (21.7°C) and least saline (74‰) among brine pools in the Red Sea. This discovery provides the first direct evidence of a cold seep with associated biota on the continental margin of the Red Sea. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.en
dc.description.sponsorshipRed Sea Expedition 2010 is sponsored by KAUST under its Global Collaborative Research program. Manolis Kalergis, Leonidas Manousakis, Kostas Katsaros, and Theodoros Fotopoulos from HCMR assisted in ROV operations. The captain and crew of R/V Aegaeo provided support during the entire cruise. We thank Kathleen Campbell (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Martin Hovland (Statoil, Norway) for clarifications on the Red Sea seeps. We solicited taxonomic opinions from Greg Rouse (University of California San Diego, USA) and Nomiki Simboura (HCMR) on tubeworms; Elena Krylova (P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russia), Zenetos Argyros (HCMR), Serge Gofas (Universidad de Malaga, Spain) and Henk Dekker (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on clams; Andreas Kroh (Natural History Museum, Vienna) on sea urchins; and Rob van Soest (Zoological Museum of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on sponges. William DeCarvalho prepared the maps of the study area.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.subjectBrine poolen
dc.subjectCold seepen
dc.subjectMetazoan faunaen
dc.subjectMicrobial maten
dc.subjectPolychaete tubewormen
dc.subjectRed Seaen
dc.titleFirst discovery of a cold seep on the continental margin of the central Red Seaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCoastal and Marine Resources Core Laben
dc.contributor.departmentAnalytical Core Laben
dc.contributor.departmentCore Labsen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Marine Systemsen
dc.contributor.institutionHellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR), Anavyssos 19013, Greeceen
kaust.authorAl-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.en
kaust.authorYapici, Tahiren
kaust.authorBatang, Zenon B.en
kaust.authorMannalamkunnath Alikunhi, Nabeelen
kaust.authorSmith, Edward Lloyden
kaust.authorMallon, Francisen
kaust.authorFayad, Nabilen
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