R. O. Barnes, E. D. Goldberg; Methane production and consumption in anoxic marine sediments. Geology ; 4 (5): 297–300. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1976)4<297:MPACIA>2.0.CO;2
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The production of methane in anoxic environments can lead to significant accumulations of this gas in appropriate marine sediments. However, the uniformly low methane concentrations in marine, anoxic, sulfate-reducing sea water and sediments represents a balance between production by methanogenic bacteria and consumption by sulfate-reducing bacteria. The primary sink for anaerobically generated methane in marine sediments is sulfate reduction, not aerobic oxidation.