Abiotic methane formation during experimental serpentinization of olivine.

@article{McCollom2016AbioticMF,
  title={Abiotic methane formation during experimental serpentinization of olivine.},
  author={Thomas M McCollom},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2016},
  volume={113 49},
  pages={13965-13970}
}
  • Thomas M McCollom
  • Published 2016 in
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
Fluids circulating through actively serpentinizing systems are often highly enriched in methane (CH4). In many cases, the CH4 in these fluids is thought to derive from abiotic reduction of inorganic carbon, but the conditions under which this process can occur in natural systems remain unclear. In recent years, several studies have reported abiotic formation of CH4 during experimental serpentinization of olivine at temperatures at or below 200 °C. However, these results seem to contradict… CONTINUE READING