Articles | Volume 18, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 18, 5491–5511, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5491-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 5491–5511, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5491-2021

Research article 11 Oct 2021

Research article | 11 Oct 2021

Microbial activity, methane production, and carbon storage in Early Holocene North Sea peats

Tanya J. R. Lippmann et al.

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This paper is a step towards understanding the basal peat ecosystem beneath the North Sea. Plant remains followed parallel sequences. Methane concentrations were low with local exceptions, with the source likely being trapped pockets of millennia-old methane. Microbial community structure indicated the absence of a biofilter and was diverse across sites. Large carbon stores in the presence of methanogens and in the absence of methanotrophs have the potential to be metabolized into methane.
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