Anchialine Biogeochemistry Research Team returns to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The Anchialine Biogeochemistry Research Team has returned to the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico to continue investigating how life persists within underwater coastal caves beneath the tropical forest.
The most recent publication authored by field team members David Brankovits of the USGS and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, John Pohlman of the USGS and Jake Emmert of Moody Gardens describes how rainfall and other external factors support a methane-based ecosystem within the caves of this subterranean estuary. For this expedition we have developed collaborations with Joshua Dean of the University of Liverpool, Jana Milucka of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and Moritz Lehmann of the Universität Basel to delve deeper into the mysteries of this fascinating ecological habitat and critical groundwater resource.
The USGS Gas Hydrates Project focuses on the study of natural gas hydrates in deepwater marine systems and permafrost areas. The primary goals are:
- Evaluate methane hydrates as a potential energy source
- Investigate the interaction between methane hydrate destabilization and climate change at short and long time scales, particularly in the Arctic
- Study the spatial ...
Temporal hydrologic and chemical records from the Ox Bel Ha cave network within the coastal aquifer of the Yucatan Peninsula, from January 2015 to January 2016
Natural cave passages penetrating a coastal aquifer in the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) were accessed to investigate how regional meteorology and hydrology control methane dynamics in karst subterranean estuaries. Three field trips were carried out in January 2015, June 2015, and January 2016 to obtain year-long high-resolution temporal records of water chemistry and environmental parameters,...