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Caption Robertson Glacier near Canmore, Alberta, in 2013. Research by MSU professors and others has found that the grinding action of glacial ice sheets against silicate rocks, when combined with water, releases enough hydrogen gas to sustain methanogenic archaea, or microorganisms that produce methane. As part of the research, MSU professors Mark Skidmore and Eric Boyd collected a rock sample from Robertson Glacier. Photo courtesy of Mark Skidmore.
Contact Contact: Mark Skidmore, (406) 994-7251 or skidmore@montana.edu; or Eric Boyd, (406) 994-7046 or eboyd@montana.edu