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

Zenon B. Batang, Evangelos Papathanassiou, Abdulaziz M. Al-Suwailem, Chris J M Smith, Maria Salomidi, George Petihakis, Nabeel Mannalamkunnath Alikunhi, Edward Lloyd Smith, Francis Mallon, Tahir Yapici, Nabil Fayad

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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 (
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-253
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Marine Systems
Volume94
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science

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