Asphalt formation at the seafloor of the Campeche-Sigsbee salt province, southern Gulf of Mexico

Gerhard Bohrmann , Miriam Römer , Chieh-Wei Hsu , Thomas Pape , Yann Marcon , Ian MacDonald & Paul Wintersteller
Hydrocarbon seepage is widespread distributed at the southern Gulf of Mexico. During several research cruises in 2003, 2006, and 2015 (SO174, M67/, and M114) we used multidisciplinary approaches, including multi-beam mapping and visual seafloor observations with different underwater vehicles to study the extent and character of complex hydrocarbon seepage in the Bay of Campeche, southern Gulf of Mexico. Our observations showed that seafloor asphalt deposits occur at numerous knolls and ridges in water depths from...
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