On a recent cruise of the Russian research ship Professor Logachev, scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Russian research institute VNI-IOkeangeologia (St. Petersburg), and other institutions found what they believe to be thin white sheets of methane hydrates. The white layer (possibly also mats of chemosynthetic bacteria) covers the center of a deep-sea mud volcano in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. The Haakon Mosby mud volcano—a “cow-pie-shaped” cold seep that is 1 km in diameter—lies at 1250-m depth and south of Spitsbergen, Norway.