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  •  we don't know (0+ / 0-)

    how methanophiles will react to the increased levels and do more conversion to CO2, do we?

    Mother Nature bats last.

    by pigpaste on Mon May 07, 2007 at 09:53:47 PM PDT

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    •  No (0+ / 0-)

      Depends on many things.  But methane as a GHG will be atmospheric (it doesn't partition into the liquid phase well at all) and there are no methanotrophs floating around in the atmosphere in any density.

      Also, I should clarify a statement on CO2 lifetime: the lifetime you use depends on the timescale of the question you ask.

      •  I meant methanotrophs (0+ / 0-)

        reproducing in the thawed tundra, converting the methane before it escapes to the atmosphere, not flying through the air. I don't remember if they tend to be above or below methanogens in the soil.

        Mother Nature bats last.

        by pigpaste on Mon May 07, 2007 at 10:05:29 PM PDT

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