How Methane-Eating Microbes Respond to Rapid Environmental Change

By David Case, Guest Contributor

Imagine a landscape on the seafloor, half a mile below sea level, where the sweep of normal marine sediment – calm, flat, expansive – is interrupted by an ecosystem of astonishing diversity. Like the nighttime view from an airplane looking down on a city’s lights, you see the unmistakable signs of life: white and orange microbial mats coat the seafloor, and crabs, mussels, clams, and fish dot the area. Bubbles of methane gas emerge, swirling upward into th

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