July 19, 2005

BUT WHERE IS THE SCUBA GEAR FOR COWS?

Ice Shelf Collapse Reveals New Undersea World (Bjorn Carey, LiveScience, 7/18/05)

The collapse of a giant ice shelf in Antarctica has revealed a thriving ecosystem half a mile below the sea.

Despite near freezing and sunless conditions, a community of clams and a thin layer of bacterial mats are flourishing in undersea sediments.

"Seeing these organisms on the ocean bottom -- it's like lifting the carpet off the floor and finding a layer that you never knew was there," said Eugene Domack of Hamilton College. . . .

Toward the end of the expedition the crew recorded a video of the sea floor. Later analysis of the video showed the clams and bacteria growing around mud volcanoes.

Since light could not penetrate the ice or water, these organisms do not use photosynthesis to make energy. Instead, these extreme creatures get their energy from methane, Domack said today.

1. Cows excrete methane.
2. Methane causes global warming.
3. Global warming causes ice shelf collapse.
4. Ice shelf collapse allows discovery of methane-eating life-forms.

Like a well-made clock . . . .

Posted by David Cohen at July 19, 2005 7:49 AM
Comments

I excrete methane and my wife wants to know where she can buy the bacteria.

Posted by: Genecis at July 19, 2005 9:07 AM

Something stinks about this whole global warming racket.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at July 19, 2005 9:46 AM

Maybe there are environmentalist supermodels going around to politicians, journalists and scientists offering to sleep with them if they change their mind on climate change.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at July 19, 2005 10:46 AM

Heck, this is news? Everyone in my family excretes methane and has for years. Except for my mother of course, though she is frequently near one of the dogs when they excrete methane.

Posted by: Robert Modean at July 19, 2005 12:46 PM

It's not the methane, but the aldehydes, ketones, sulfides and mercaptans (among many others) that matter.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 19, 2005 2:49 PM
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