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Microbe Waterfall: First active methane leak discovered in Antarctica seafloor

News | 23/07/2020 09:25 PM | Click to read full article

Scientists have discovered an active leak of methane gas from the seafloor in Antarctica and described it as 'microbial waterfall'. The methane leak was first discovered in 2011 and it took five years for the microorganisms that help filter away the gas to develop at the site.

The ultimate source of this methane leak remains unknown but the recent findings would deepen the understanding of the way methane is consumed and released in Antarctica.

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