Articles | Volume 16, issue 10
Research article
29 May 2019
Research article |  | 29 May 2019

Fracture-controlled fluid transport supports microbial methane-oxidizing communities at Vestnesa Ridge

Haoyi Yao, Wei-Li Hong, Giuliana Panieri, Simone Sauer, Marta E. Torres, Moritz F. Lehmann, Friederike Gründger, and Helge Niemann


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (08 Jan 2019) by Aninda Mazumdar
AR by Haoyi Yao on behalf of the Authors (08 Mar 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Apr 2019) by Aninda Mazumdar
RR by wriddhiman ghosh (29 Apr 2019)
ED: Publish as is (09 May 2019) by Aninda Mazumdar
AR by Haoyi Yao on behalf of the Authors (10 May 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
How methane is transported in the sediment is important for the microbial community living on methane. Here we report an observation of a mini-fracture that facilitates the advective gas transport of methane in the sediment, compared to the diffusive fluid transport without a fracture. We found contrasting bio-geochemical signals in these different transport modes. This finding can help to fill the gap in the fracture network system in modulating methane dynamics in surface sediments.
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