Scientists have discovered underwater oases of methane

July 17, 2013. During the shooting of the seabed in the autumn of last year, the scientists on board the survey vessel noticed bubbles rising from the depths. The phenomenon has generated interest hydrobiologists and they made ready for their interest to place the expedition. Here, they found out that the seabed is in the form of methane gas bubbles, and the vicinity of this space filled with a variety of life forms.

The study researchers found that, on the ocean floor at depths of up to 1.6 kilometers inhabited by whole colonies of bacteria that are used for the destruction of the life energy of methane. Metanoedami bacteria-eating mussels in abundance who settled in this area of the seabed, and a variety of fish.

In general, it begs comparison with the deep-sea oasis that arose around the site of methane in the ocean water. The expedition of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States have found on the ocean floor for more than 40 of these oases of methane.

Source: Meteovesti

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