A New Way to Make Methane: Scientists Discover Novel Metabolism in Coal Bed Microbes

Natural gas is an increasingly important energy source, as vast reservoirs are being accessed through fracking, coal exploitation, and, in the not-too-distant future, subseafloor hydrate ice mining. But how exactly all of this fuel is being made deep underground is not very well known; figuring out will tell geologists how carbon moves through the planet and whether or not we should depend on natural gas reserves as a long term energy source.

Methane is the dominant ingredient of natural

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