Skip to comments.Giant plumes of methane bubbling to surface of Arctic Ocean
Posted on 12/16/2011 9:08:30 AM PST by americanophile
Russian scientists have discovered hundreds of plumes of methane gas, some 1,000 meters in diameter, bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean. Scientists are concerned that as the Arctic Shelf recedes, the unprecedented levels of gas released could greatly accelerate global climate change.
Igor Semiletov of the Russian Academy of Sciences tells the UK's Independent that the plumes of methane, a gas 20 times as harmful as carbon dioxide, have shocked scientists who have been studying the region for decades. "Earlier we found torch-like structures like this but they were only tens of meters in diameter," he said. "This is the first time that we've found continuous, powerful and impressive seeping structures, more than 1,000 metres in diameter. It's amazing."
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Can I stop worrying about my carbon footprint now?
Somebody ate too much Chili!
100 times higher than normal.....This was normal for that day and that time and whatever. The scientists “normal” is for another time or times....geez...the universe is not a constant
It’s the Blovious Flatulitus, a species of whale commonly known as the Michael Moore of the Sea
Who knew there were cows in the ocean?
Maybe the methane is the reason the ice is ‘receding’ in that area rather than a byproduct of it?
How do they know the methane hasn’t been bubbling up before?
Maybe if we pass some legislation and issue some fines against the Artic ocean, we can get it to stop? < /s>
Can we get a pipe on it and start selling it!
I think I am going to sell my Volt and buy that ‘68 Charger with the Holley and headers.
Is there any possible phenomenon that these "scientists" will not say contributes to climate change? My goodness, several months ago someone wrote a paper about global cooling caused by Chinese coal plants, and said it would contribute to global warming.
Mayan Calendar, at it again.
IT’S GONNA BLOW!
Gimme a freakin’ break. It has been doing that before man walked on the earth. The permafrost layer traps biogenic methane gas coming up to the surface. The Libtards want to blame everything under the sun (no pun intended) on man-made global worming. The jig is up for these communist wealth redistribution scamists!
If its 10 times worse than CO then why not drill and capture as much of it as possible then burn it?
I see a win/win here...
mother earth need to lay off the burritos and beer.
I have a circa 1850 book about the oceans and methane and the stuff getting into the atmosphere. It is far from new. What is new is the guesstimatess of what should be. And the concept of knowing the amount of methane as related to the universe is an absurdity.
Anyone recall Phil on Deadliest Catch saying when he saw bubbles coming up from the seabed that it was crab farts and he would set his crab pots right on them. Apparently the Russians don’t know about this.
The hysterical thing is that suddenly CO2 is way better than methane. Meanwhile the most prevalent green house gas is H2O and not a blessed thing anyone is going to do about that.
Gaia is flatulent, not unlike Manbearpig.
Some suspect it has
Read about “The Great Dying”
The globull warmists will want to say the methane release is caused by globull warming, but perhaps ancient history will show it was the other way around
The fact remains that they just do not know, as you said.
But here they are shrieking that governmental policy needs to change -in their monetary favor for research of course- immediately based on mere guesswork and fantasy.
That’s not science, that’s charlatanism and street magician purvey.
We can spend hundreds of millions studying this or just strike a match.
Cthulu went out for Mexican?
Whoo hoo! We are getting our atmosphere enriched with a lot of free plant food (methane oxidizes to CO2)!
I’m sure the Soviets...I mean Russians...will find a way to capture that methane, so they can pipe it to Western Europe...I mean save us all from global climate catastrophe.
Sounds like good propaganda to get the Euros to burn the stuff after the Russkies build a pipeline carrying it to W. Europe. "Save the planet! Burn our gas!"
And none of the globull worming “scientists” have thought to check the freezing point of methanated water.
If the methane has been bubbling up for quite some time under the ice, they have no idea what it would do.
And if we harvested the methane instead, we'd be reducing any effects it might have.
Instead, they want to cork cow butts with expensive devices because harming business and ruining economies are what they do best.
[Yes, dear lurking readers, science and enviro panels did indeed sate to develop a device to cork cow butts because in their estimation, cows release more methane than the methane sumps in he oceans, all hail the golden cow idol..again.]
Sorry, two parallel thoughts there.
And the IPCC admitted in their second spate of e-mails that the planet goes through cyclic changes, and that we'd all kill them if we found out that it was cyclic...
Does that about sum it up?
Or they can just call in the Russian air force to bomb the methane and save the earth, as in the really REEEaally bad SyFy movie “Ice Quakes” that is now roaming the network
Seriously, this could be not good
Is there technology to capture methane plumes measuring over a kilometer?
Gregory Ryskin theorizes that this type of methane release could affect the ocean flow and cause polar magnetic shift rapidly, as has happened in the past without as-yet known cause
And Still BUSH’S fault!
Yes ...stay in your house until further notice
Cue the movie trailer for “INNER EARTH ATTACKS!”
Well, whatever the problem, there’s no better solution than a global totalitarian state run by our elitists! [/sarcasm]
We must learn to control seacow farts before it’s too late!
Ah, a SyFy movie...let me guess....monstrously bad special FX...tight camera shots to hide the cheap warehouse sets...a 'war room' with 2 people using Windows 95 PCs somehow directing all the action, and a 30-year old mainframe in the background....and Dirk Benedict as the president. Close?
Declare war on the seacows, they started it!
I remember someone theorizing that something like this was the problem with the “Bermuda Triangle” where ships would disappear. Large upswells could ignite and blow up a ship or, more likely, simply sink them.
I love alliteration.
I remember that! They even had sonographs showing massive underwater landslides. Supposed to sink a ship in minutes or less, cause magnetic distrubances, ect.
Mystery solved, or so I thought.
I witnessed that phenomenon in my bathtub once.
It killed my rubber ducky.
They “found torch-like structures”? This is what comes from all these planet of the apes remakes. Monkeys riding horses. What’s next? Monkeys making movies? Oh.....that’s right.....Michael Moore......we’re doomed.
Mexican Cartel submarines.
I think it is called Methyl Hydrate. It is supposedly a vast resource formed by pressure and temperature on the ocean floor. We could burn it for fuel, mining it like coal, as it is in the form of a solid. The reason we don’t, enviro’s say mining it would release greenhouse gases, and cause explosions that could rip the planet apart.....that is a no shi’iter.
I read about it, even a small change in pressure or temperature can cause it to go from a solid to a gas down on the sea floor. When they bring the stuff up it just sits there and sublimates until its gone, pretty neat stuff, like dry ice. They theorize that there is trillions of tons of that stuff around the world just sitting there waiting to boil up and kill us all if we look at it crosseyed. Me, I’m the gambling type that would mass mine it just to prove them wrong.
It had something to do with the instruments would stop working when the passed over the triangle. According to the Captain on our cruise last summer to this day no ships or planes fly over the triangle. The cruise ships pass around it.
No, we had the devil of a time capturing any part of the BP oil leak in the Gulf.
To get rid of the methane, strike a match. :)
Yes, it is like a dry ice. If burnt, it would leave minimal pollution, and there is enough to power the world for centuries. The problem is, if we could burn sea water, and power industry, the enviro’s would come out with “proof” that it was destroying the worlds ecosphere. The left and its EPA loving voters, want 6.5 billion people to disappear forever, and rid the planet of these ape/lice.