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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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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Russia
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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