Noble gases and radiocarbon in natural gases

Winckler, G., Aeschbach-Hertig, W., Holocher, J., Kipfer, R., Levin, I., Poss, C., Rehder, Gregor, Schlosser, P. and Suess, Erwin (2002) Noble gases and radiocarbon in natural gases Geophysical Research Letters, 29 (10). p. 1423. DOI 10.1029/2001GL014013.

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In samples of pure natural gas hydrates from Hydrate Ridge, Cascadia Margin, virtually no helium and neon components are present providing evidence that the light noble gases are not incorporated into the structure of natural methane hydrates. In contrast, the hydrates contain significant amounts of argon, krypton and xenon. These gases show a distinct fractionation pattern, with the heavier ones preferentially incorporated into the gas hydrate structure. The hydrate methane is devoid of 14C indicating that there is no contribution of a recent (14C-active) organic carbon reservoir to the hydrate carbon pool. On the basis of the δ13C and δ2H signature, it appears that microbial CO2-reduction is the dominant CH4 production pathway.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-MG Marine Geosystems
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1029/2001GL014013
ISSN: 0094-8276
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:25
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 08:25

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