Observing the development of a deep-sea greenhouse gas filter

It takes time to do a thing well, this also and specifically applies to the deep sea. In a long-term study, marine scientists from Bremen for the first time observed the colonization of a deep-sea mud volcano after its eruption. Only slowly, rich life develops around the crater. The first settlers are tiny organisms that eat methane escaping from the volcano. Thereby, they keep this greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere. By and by, other microbes and eventually higher organisms settle. The present study describes how the colonization of the mud volcano proceeds and when the tiny methane-munchers get going. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)