Methane-eating bacteria in lake deep beneath Antarctic ice sheet may reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Ken Markoff of the University of California, Santa Cruz monitors the borehole for the WISSARD drilling project in this 2013 photograph. An interdisciplinary team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has concluded that bacteria in a lake 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may digest methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, preventing its release into the atmosphere.
As part of the NSF-funded Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project, the researchers successfully ... More at
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