Rates of methane decomposition after the Gulf oil spill ‘were faster than had ever been recorded in any other place on the planet,’ according to a new study.
Oil and methane poured into the Gulf of Mexico from April to July. Initial estimates suggested it might take years for bacteria in deep water to consume the gas.
According to the new study, bacteria took fewer than four months to finish off the methane, and it appears that at no time did oxygen levels in the area the team studied fall to levels dangerous to marine organisms there.
(READ the story in the CS Monitor)