Sources and pathways of methane formed in oxidative environments

Frederik Althoff
Methane is the most abundant reduced organic compound in the atmosphere. As the strongest known long-lived greenhouse gas after water vapour and carbon dioxide methane perturbs the radiation balance of Earth’s atmosphere. The abiotic formation of methane requires ultraviolet irradiation of organic matter or takes place in locations with high temperature and/or pressure, e.g. during biomass burning or serpentinisation of olivine, under hydrothermal conditions in the oceans deep or below tectonic plates. The biotic methane...
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