crude oil gourmets

Interesting finding on Gulf spill dispersal.
Macondo’s proportion of spewing gas bloomed bacteria.
Radically nourished, microbe populations exploded.

The microbial communities in the four plumes first tackled easy-to-digest hydrocarbons, such as propane, butane and ethane, which were kept from bubbling quickly to the surface by deepwater high pressure and cold temperature.

After consuming these gases, which boosted the populations, the larger communities moved to harder-to-eat onger-chain hydrocarbons such as the alkanes that comprise oil.