Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 32, Issue 5–6, pp 525–534 | Cite as

Possible variation in methane flux caused by gas hydrate formation on the northeastern continental slope off Sakhalin Island, Russia

  • Hirotsugu Minami
  • Kazuya Tatsumi
  • Akihiro Hachikubo
  • Satoshi Yamashita
  • Hirotoshi Sakagami
  • Nobuo Takahashi
  • Hitoshi Shoji
  • Young Keun Jin
  • Anatoly Obzhirov
  • Nataliya Nikolaeva
  • Alexander Derkachev
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Abstract

The Sakhalin Slope Gas Hydrate Project (SSGH) is an international collaborative effort by scientists from Japan, Korea, and Russia to investigate natural gas hydrates (GHs) that have accumulated on the continental slope off Sakhalin Island, Okhotsk Sea. From 2009 to 2011, field operations of the SSGH-09, -10, and -11 projects were conducted. GH-bearing and -free sediment cores were retrieved using steel hydro- and gravity corers. The concentrations of sulfate ions in sediment pore waters were measured to investigate sulfate concentration–depth profiles. Seventeen cores showed linear depth profiles of sulfate concentrations. In contrast, eight cores and two cores showed concave-up and -down profiles plausibly explained by sudden increase and decrease in methane flux from below, respectively, presumably caused by the formation of gas hydrate adjacent to the core sampling sites.

Notes

Acknowledgements

We extend our sincere gratitude to the participants of the SSGH-09, -10, and -11 projects, in particular to the captain, crew and scientists of the 47th, 50th, and 56th cruises of the R/V Akademic M.A. Lavrentyev. Comments by Andrew Trefor Jones, one anonymous reviewer, and the guest editors Marc De Batist and Oleg Khlystov were very helpful and are highly appreciated. This study was supported by the following funding agencies: in Japan: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science KAKENHI 18206099 (to H.S.), 19550077 (to H.M.), 22540485 (to A.H.); in Korea: Korea Polar Research Institute grant PE11240 and PN12020 (to Y.K.J.); in Russia: Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Science grant-09-1-P17-10 (to A.O.) and grant-09-III-A-07-324 (to A.O.).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hirotsugu Minami
    • 1
  • Kazuya Tatsumi
    • 1
  • Akihiro Hachikubo
    • 1
  • Satoshi Yamashita
    • 1
  • Hirotoshi Sakagami
    • 1
  • Nobuo Takahashi
    • 1
  • Hitoshi Shoji
    • 1
  • Young Keun Jin
    • 2
  • Anatoly Obzhirov
    • 3
  • Nataliya Nikolaeva
    • 3
  • Alexander Derkachev
    • 3
  1. 1.Kitami Institute of TechnologyHokkaidoJapan
  2. 2.Korea Polar Research InstituteIncheonSouth Korea
  3. 3.V.I. Il’ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute Far Eastern BranchRussian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia

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