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Lake Baikal: Fire and Ice

... blame this event for the catastrophic changes in the ecosystem of Lake Baikal, primarily the disease and death of the unique Baikal sponges, the so-called filter feeders. The reason is that sponges live in close symbiosis with microorganisms such as methanotrophs, which oxidize methane and its derivatives. An increase in the methane content, albeit beneficial for these microorganisms, may destroy the symbiotic community. Here it is important to recall that there are large amounts of natural gas hydrates ...

Modified: 20.02.2017
gas hydrates , methane , Baikal , Lake Baikal , methanotrophs , mud volcanoes
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