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.