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Black Sea methane geochemistry

  • Author(s): Reeburgh, WS
  • Ward, BB
  • Whalen, SC
  • Sandbeck, KA
  • Kilpatrick, KA
  • Kerkhof, LJ
  • et al.
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Microbially mediated anaerobic methane oxidation is the dominant water column methane sink, followed by evasion to the atmosphere, abyssal plain sediment consumption and outflow at the Bosporus. The source of methane appears to be anoxic, high deposition rate shelf and slope sediments. The water column oxidation rate measurements suggest a short (5-10 year) residence time for methane in the Black Sea. -from Authors

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