Why use microbes as a detector for hydrocarbon detection instead of just measuring the actual gases?
Well, we think it provides a much more accurate description of the surveyed area. Why? First, because it is an averaging event. If you go to the field and collect a sample for later measurement or directly measure the hydrocarbon level in the field, you get an instantaneous measurement. We know from the literature that soil gas composition changes throughout the day due to temperature changes, moisture content, barometric pressure, planetary positions, etc. Microbes are present in the soil as a result of millions of years of hydrocarbon microseepage. Yes, the MET signal will vary throughout the year, but percentage wise less than the variation of soil gases. Secondly, our process allows for optimization or enrichment of the signal we measure. In processes that use chemical detection of gases, the level of hydrocarbon decreases during analysis. There is no way to amplify the signal, it only gets smaller during the analysis process. Thus, their error bars get greater. In the MET process,
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