Deep Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts
The distributions of methane dissolved in the sulfide-bearing waters of the Black Sea, the Cariaco Trench, and Lake Nitinat are reported. The gas was not detected in the oxygen-deficient water of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, in the Santa Barbara Basin, nor in the sulfide-bearing water of Saanich Inlet. Maximum concentrations observed were 70 μmole CH4/l., and the distribution tends to follow that of sulfide. The data indicate that methane is derived from organic compounds not containing nitrogen or phosphorus and that its formation is much slower than that of sulfide. The solubility coefficient in seawater (salinity = 40‰) is 0.0211. (S.T.P.)/l. at 30°C and increases to 0.041 at 5°C. The processes by which methane may be formed in the marine environment are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Atkinson, L.P., & Richards, F.A. (1967). The occurrence and distribution of methane in the marine environment. Deep Sea Research and Oceanographic Abstracts, 14(6), 673-684. doi: 10.1016/S0011-7471(67)80005-6
Atkinson, Larry P. and Richards, Francis A., "The Occurrence and Distribution of Methane in the Marine Environment" (1967). CCPO Publications. 196.