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Volume 15, issue 14 | Copyright
Biogeosciences, 15, 4533-4559, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4533-2018
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Research article 25 Jul 2018

Research article | 25 Jul 2018

Geophysical and geochemical controls on the megafaunal community of a high Arctic cold seep

Arunima Sen et al.
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Diverse benthic communities populate a site of methane seepage on the Arctic shelf. Despite a likely reliance on sulfide as an energy source, Oligobrachia worm distributions did not correlate with sulfide concentrations. We suggest that sulfide and carbon generation linked to microbial activity and high methane fluxes determines their presence or absence. We discuss the site and our results within the context of Arctic ecology and economy as well as the biology of seafloor hydrocarbon seeps.
Diverse benthic communities populate a site of methane seepage on the Arctic shelf. Despite a...
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