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Researchers Find New Pathway To Making Methane

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August 16, 1999
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Given enough heat and pressure, a naturally occurring iron-nickel alloy can produce methane that looks, for all practical purposes, as if it was produced from organic matter, according to work by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. If the process, which the researchers conducted in the lab, should occur in Earth's crust, it could mean a source for methane other than digestion or decomposition of dead organic matter.

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL -- Given enough heat and pressure, a naturally occurring iron-nickel alloy can produce methane that looks, for all practical purposes, as if it was produced from organic matter, according to work by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. If the process, which the researchers conducted in the lab, should occur in Earth's crust, it could mean a source for methane other than digestion or decomposition of dead organic matter. The work is published in the Aug. 13 issue of Science.


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