Life Is Effervescent Up To Seafloor With Petroleum From Deep Below

Hydrocarbon seep in the southern Gulf of Mexico emitting a viscous petroleum, much like asphalt. Hydrocarbons serve as an energy source for microbes and in turn, microbial biomass is a food source for a diverse community of organisms including tube worms, mussels, crabs and shrimp. CREDIT Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), University of Bremen…

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