March 23, 2015

Methane-munching Microbes Limit Global Warming

(Photo courtesy of NOAA Okeanos 
Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. 
Canyons Expedition)
Methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, is constantly leaking out of holes on the ocean floor. Now, an international team of scientists have found that these “methane seeps” are home to unique communities of microbes that play an invaluable role in maintaining life on Earth.