Comment on "A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico".

Joye, Samantha B., Leifer, Ira, MacDonald, Ian R., Chanton, Jeffrey P., Meile, Christof D., Teske, Andreas P., Kostka, Joel E., Chistoserdova, Ludmila, Coffin, Richard, Hollander, David, Kastner, Miriam, Montoya, Joseph P., Rehder, Gregor, Solomon, Evan, Treude, Tina and Villareal, Tracy A. (2011) Comment on "A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico". Science, 332 (6033). p. 1033. DOI 10.1126/science.1203307.

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Abstract

Kessler et al. (Reports, 21 January 2011, p. 312) reported that methane released from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout, approximately 40% of the total hydrocarbon discharge, was consumed quantitatively by methanotrophic bacteria in Gulf of Mexico deep waters over a 4-month period. We find the evidence explicitly linking observed oxygen anomalies to methane consumption ambiguous and extension of these observations to hydrate-derived methane climate forcing premature.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Marine chemistry; Meeresgeologie; Methane oxydation; Gulf of Mexico; bacteria
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-JRG-A2 Seafloor Warming
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1126/science.1203307
ISSN: 0036-8075
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 14:05
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 08:11
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/12261

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