Methane Production from Acetate and Associated Methane Fluxes from Anoxic Coastal Sediments

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Science  13 Feb 1981:
Vol. 211, Issue 4483, pp. 707-709
DOI: 10.1126/science.211.4483.707


The apparent microbial conversion of acetate to methane ranges seasonally from 0.7 to 88 micromoles per liter of whole wet sediment per hour in the top 5 centimeters of methane-producing sediments underlying sulfate-reducing sediments in Cape Lookout Bight, North Carolina. The associated methane flux across the sediment-water interface into overlying waters exhibits the same seasonal pattern. Significant methane production from acetate is observed only in sulfate-depleted sediments.

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