University of Aveiro unveils geological and biological secrets in the Atlantic
UA participates in discovery of mud volcanoes and gas hydrates off the coast of the Algarve
Os vulcões de lama descobertos no Golfo de Cádis
Three mud volcanoes containing gas hydrates were discovered off the Portuguese coast by an international team of which the University of Aveiro (UA) is part. Located about 180 kilometers southwest of Cape St. Vincent, at a depth of 4500 meters and a length of 15 kilometers, the volcanoes and the presence of what is considered by scientists as a possible and very important source of energy for the XXI century, gas hydrates, were located in 2012 by a Portuguese-German team involving researchers from the UA’s Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM).

The discovery was made aboard the oceanographic vessel Meteor, under the project SWIMGLO, a partnership between the UA, the Portuguese Institute for Ocean and Atmosphere, and the German Institute FCUL GEOMAR. The project, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), was born with the objective of exploring the fault lines which connect the Gulf of Cadiz to the meso-oceanic ridge as well as the occurrence of biological communities, typical in areas of gas exhaustion.

The UA researcher the volcanoes through high-resolution bathymetric data, side scan sonars and seismic reflection methods.

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