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Giant plumes of methane bubbling to surface of Arctic Ocean
The Sideshow - Yahoo! News ^ | Dec 14, 2011 | Eric Pfeiffer

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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KEYWORDS: arctic; globalwarming; methane
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"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. Some plumes were a kilometer or more wide and the emissions went directly into the atmosphere — the concentration was a hundred times higher than normal."

Can I stop worrying about my carbon footprint now?

1 posted on 12/16/2011 9:08:44 AM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

Somebody ate too much Chili!


2 posted on 12/16/2011 9:09:53 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: americanophile

posted yesterday


3 posted on 12/16/2011 9:10:01 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: americanophile

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


4 posted on 12/16/2011 9:12:27 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: americanophile

It’s the Blovious Flatulitus, a species of whale commonly known as the Michael Moore of the Sea


5 posted on 12/16/2011 9:13:01 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: americanophile

Who knew there were cows in the ocean?


6 posted on 12/16/2011 9:13:34 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: americanophile

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?
They don’t.


7 posted on 12/16/2011 9:14:10 AM PST by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: americanophile

Maybe if we pass some legislation and issue some fines against the Artic ocean, we can get it to stop? < /s>


8 posted on 12/16/2011 9:15:12 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: americanophile

Can we get a pipe on it and start selling it!


9 posted on 12/16/2011 9:15:12 AM PST by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: americanophile

I think I am going to sell my Volt and buy that ‘68 Charger with the Holley and headers.


10 posted on 12/16/2011 9:15:30 AM PST by PeaRidge
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To: americanophile
Scientists are concerned that as the Arctic Shelf recedes, the unprecedented levels of gas released could greatly accelerate global climate change.

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.

11 posted on 12/16/2011 9:15:30 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: americanophile

Mayan Calendar, at it again.

IT’S GONNA BLOW!


12 posted on 12/16/2011 9:17:36 AM PST by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: americanophile

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!


13 posted on 12/16/2011 9:18:40 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: americanophile
It's an environmental disaster..oh wait..it IS the environment.

Never mind.

14 posted on 12/16/2011 9:20:14 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: americanophile

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...


15 posted on 12/16/2011 9:21:09 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: americanophile

mother earth need to lay off the burritos and beer.


16 posted on 12/16/2011 9:22:03 AM PST by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: americanophile
Finding Nemo - "Nice!"
17 posted on 12/16/2011 9:22:32 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Darksheare

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.


18 posted on 12/16/2011 9:22:53 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: americanophile
WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!
19 posted on 12/16/2011 9:22:53 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: americanophile

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.


20 posted on 12/16/2011 9:23:38 AM PST by finnsheep
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To: americanophile

Gaia is flatulent, not unlike Manbearpig.


21 posted on 12/16/2011 9:24:28 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Darksheare

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

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/08/030828071722.htm

http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/31/9/741

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071025091047.htm


22 posted on 12/16/2011 9:24:37 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: Sacajaweau

Yes.
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.


23 posted on 12/16/2011 9:26:11 AM PST by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: americanophile

We can spend hundreds of millions studying this or just strike a match.


24 posted on 12/16/2011 9:27:35 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: americanophile

Cthulu went out for Mexican?


25 posted on 12/16/2011 9:30:35 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: americanophile

Whoo hoo! We are getting our atmosphere enriched with a lot of free plant food (methane oxidizes to CO2)!


26 posted on 12/16/2011 9:31:03 AM PST by aruanan
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To: americanophile
Some plumes were a kilometer or more wide and the emissions went directly into the atmosphere — the concentration was a hundred times higher than normal."

And no one had a match!
27 posted on 12/16/2011 9:31:45 AM PST by aruanan
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To: americanophile

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.


28 posted on 12/16/2011 9:31:56 AM PST by hellbender
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To: americanophile
methane, a gas 20 times as harmful as carbon dioxide

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!"

29 posted on 12/16/2011 9:34:03 AM PST by hellbender
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To: silverleaf
Just think of what we could accomplish energy wise if we could harvest that methane and use it for energy instead of just letting it bubble away?

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...

30 posted on 12/16/2011 9:37:30 AM PST by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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So, we are to believe that Mother Earth is now doing something that she has never in billions of years done ever before, and it is all our fault?

Does that about sum it up?

31 posted on 12/16/2011 9:42:08 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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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

http://iopscience.iop.org/0034-4885/73/12/122801/


32 posted on 12/16/2011 9:44:30 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: al_c

And Still BUSH’S fault!


33 posted on 12/16/2011 9:45:27 AM PST by crazydad
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yes ...stay in your house until further notice


34 posted on 12/16/2011 9:45:49 AM PST by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: americanophile

Cue the movie trailer for “INNER EARTH ATTACKS!”


35 posted on 12/16/2011 9:46:28 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: americanophile

Well, whatever the problem, there’s no better solution than a global totalitarian state run by our elitists! [/sarcasm]


36 posted on 12/16/2011 9:50:19 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: americanophile

We must learn to control seacow farts before it’s too late!


37 posted on 12/16/2011 9:51:26 AM PST by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: silverleaf
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

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?

38 posted on 12/16/2011 9:55:02 AM PST by montag813
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To: OB1kNOb; americanophile

Declare war on the seacows, they started it!


39 posted on 12/16/2011 9:56:14 AM PST by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: americanophile

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.


40 posted on 12/16/2011 9:56:19 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: americanophile

Fish Farts!
I love alliteration.


41 posted on 12/16/2011 9:56:33 AM PST by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: Erik Latranyi

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.


42 posted on 12/16/2011 10:01:46 AM PST by enraged
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To: americanophile

I witnessed that phenomenon in my bathtub once.

It killed my rubber ducky.


43 posted on 12/16/2011 10:04:05 AM PST by Yankee (Welcome to Obama's Fourth Reich.)
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To: americanophile

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.


44 posted on 12/16/2011 10:04:46 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: americanophile

Mexican Cartel submarines.


45 posted on 12/16/2011 10:08:34 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Abathar

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.


46 posted on 12/16/2011 10:22:42 AM PST by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics. ProgressiveRepublicansInConservativeCostume)
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To: runninglips

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.


47 posted on 12/16/2011 10:49:43 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Erik Latranyi

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.


48 posted on 12/16/2011 10:51:47 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: silverleaf
Is there technology to capture methane plumes measuring over a kilometer?

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. :)

49 posted on 12/16/2011 10:52:57 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Abathar

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.


50 posted on 12/16/2011 11:00:46 AM PST by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics. ProgressiveRepublicansInConservativeCostume)
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