Glacial microbes gobble methane

Glacial microbes gobble methane

Bacteria in Greenland’s melting ice sheet may consume the potent greenhouse gas

By Beth Mole, 13:21 PM April 25, 2014

Glacier-capped methane, poised to exacerbate global warming as it bubbles out from melting glaciers, may meet its end in the very ice from whence it came.

Microbes at the melting margins of Greenland’s ice sheet can gobble up the mighty greenhouse gas as it seeps from under thawing ice, researchers say. The finding suggests that these ice-capped stores of methane may have less of an impact on global climate than some scientists have feared (SN: 4/10/10, p. 15).

Methane escaping from under the w...

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