Skip to comments.Methane Bubbling to Arctic Ocean Surface in Giant Plumes
Posted on 12/16/2011 1:29:40 PM PST by geraldmcg
Here's a breaking news story about a huge discovery of methane gas reserves. This methane is burping up into plumes from the arctic ocean into the atmosphere from holes in the ice that are 3,000 feet across. Russian scientists say they have discovered thousands of these holes. According to Igor Semiletov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, methane gas is 20 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. "We carried out checks at about 115 stationary points and discovered methane fields of a fantastic scale I think on a scale not seen before." With these methane bubbling holes having expanded to nearly one mile wide with no end to their expansion in sight , he is more than just a little bit concerned. The question is, "Should we be concerned?" EDITORS NOTE: While we espouse a conservative Judeo-Christian worldview and we neither condone the radical environmental movement advocating such things as valuing animals more than humans, nor do we agree with most of the junk science used to foment fears about global warming, however we do have to acknowledge that there may be issues of environmental concern expressed in this video. In the bible in Revelation chapter 16, verses 8-9 it states: Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. So it is clear that someday there appears to be something that may deplete the earth of its protective ozone layer, thus causing the sun to scorch the skin of human beings.
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There’s some bubbling up from under my desk. Some H2S and mercaptan too.
Are they filming The View up there this week?
Huntington beach and Newport - all along the cost even where Hoag hospital now is was a huge tar pit because oil surfaces - the oil boom of long ago had oil wells everywhere and it was pumped out and used and recycled. Put a well on it and use it.
Huntington beach and Newport - all along the coast even where Hoag hospital now is was a huge tar pit because oil surfaces as well - the oil boom of long ago had oil wells everywhere and it was pumped out and used and recycled. Put a well on it and use it.
Beat me to it. That was the first thing I thought of after seeing this article pop up again. Someone should alert Algore.
Who knew that Mr. Methane was the cause of glow bull warming.
It’s happened before, and it will happen again. Just make the Arctic Ocean a no smoking area.
Nobody noticed this methane when we had that huge gaping hole in the ozone layer at the N Pole?
Horrors! We’re going to have to immediately cut all industrial activity to zero in order to balance this planetary emission from mother earth. (/s)
The floor of ALL oceans, the Arctic especially, has large amounts of s substance known as “Methane Hydrate”. Under conditions of temperature (below 42 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressure (in excess of about six times atmospheric), methane (major component of natural gas) will combine with water, forming this substance, which is slightly more dense than sea water, so normally, it remains on the bottom.
There is a rift opening across the floor of the Arctic ocean, an extension of the rift that spreads all around the Pacific rim, where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are commonplace. When the rift is sufficiently deep, the sea water gets to the bottom where it is superheated to several hundred degrees Fahrenheit, but because of the great pressure, it does not turn to steam, but is ejected with great force through the colder waters above. This forces a strong vertical circulating current, and the heat is convected to the underside of the sea ice formed during the Arctic winter, melting it from below. Yes, this IS “global warming”, but it is not coming from accumulation of atmospheric heat, rather, from within the earth’s crust. The earth is doing its best to git RID of this excess heat, and serves this extraordinary task by turning the now open surfaces of water (where the surface ice has melted) into large evaporation surfaces. This water vapor then rises into the atmosphere, where it is cooled back to ice crystals as the excess heat is radiated off to space, and falls elsewhere as snow.
Now, the Methane Hydrate mentioned earlier, once lying on the ocean bed, but now being subjected to the really super-hot water, breaks down into free methane and water again, as it always does when the temperature rises above the steady temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. The methane rises with the hot spume of water being ejected from the rift that is open right down to the magma layer and seems to be bubbling as if some well were open.
The atmospheric methane is a RESULT of this localized warming, not the cause. Soon enough, in the presence of the powerful agent in the atmosphere known as oxygen, the methane is turned back into carbon dioxide and water vapor. The energy it needs for this reaction is provided by the sun’s radiation.
Or it could just burst into flame from the smallest of sparks, if the methane concentration is high enough.
Mother Earth just tooted!
We're going to regret saving them ... I tell you what.
You can thank George Bush for this. It is well known scientific fact, not that Republicans care, that methane releases are most dangerous to minorities, single mothers, children, and in particular wreak tragic harm on members of the LGTG community. For the rest of my scientific report, forward Stimulus Funds.