Hydrate habitat


  • Randy Showstack


Whoever said there is nothing new under the sun did not delve deeply enough to the bottom of the ocean. There in the Gulf of Mexico, about 150 miles south of New Orleans, scientists have just discovered what could be a new species of centipede—like worms living on or within gas hydrates— mounds of methane ice— rising from the ocean floor.

Scientists have previously recognized an association between some bacteria and these hydrates. However, this is the first discovery of a higher life form there.