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Surprising Trove of Gas Seeps Found Off East Coast
LiveScience.com via Yahoo ^ | Jun 19, 2013 | Douglas Main

Posted on 06/21/2013 12:10:40 PM PDT by neverdem

On the seafloor just off of the U.S. East Coast lies a barely known world, explorations of which bring continual surprises. As recently as the mid-2000s, practically zero methane seeps — spots on the seafloor where gas leaks from the Earth's crust — were thought to exist off the East Coast; while one had been reported more than a decade ago, it was thought to be one of a kind.

But in the past two years, additional studies have revealed a host of new areas of seafloor rich in seeps, said Laura Brothers, a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. And surrounding these seafloor vents, scientists have found a variety of unique life forms, like mussels and crabs, that survive via symbiotic relationships with methane-eating bacteria, Brothers told LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet. New technologies have allowed scientists to keep locating new seeps, including one that may be the largest in the world. The findings have changed geologists' understanding of the processes taking place beneath the seafloor.

"These newly discovered [seafloor] communities show that there is much more seafloor methane venting then we previously thought, and suggests that there are many more seeps out there that we don't know about," Brothers said. A study co-authored by Brothers, published online last month in the journal Geology, found several large communities of mussels and other animals at two spots off of the Carolinas where methane is seeping from the seafloor, Brothers said. Although one of these spots had already been discovered, the amount of life the researchers found covered an area about six times larger than previously thought, Brothers said. And the mussels cover a total area equivalent to about 40 football fields.[Photos: Unique Life Found at East Coast Gas Seep]

"We found these in an area we thought we knew well," she...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: abiogenic; carbontax; catastrophism; darklife; deeplife; energy; hydrocarbons; kenyanbornmuzzie; methane; oceanography; opec; thomasgold; usgs
Methane! Oh, the horror of the greenies! Hat tip SunkenCiv!
1 posted on 06/21/2013 12:10:40 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Must be a lot of cows farting in Atlantis . . .


2 posted on 06/21/2013 12:13:20 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: neverdem

Any attempt to drill for natural gas will brings cries of “Oh, we must not disturb the ecology of the methane-eaters!”


3 posted on 06/21/2013 12:15:05 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: neverdem

The EPA does not permit seeps so the East coast states will have to take some sort of remedial action soon. But the critters around the seeps mustn’t be disturbed so an Interstate Bicycle Path System may need to be built so restore something or other.


4 posted on 06/21/2013 12:20:52 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: neverdem

Ooops.

Now all the global carbon emissions and greenhouse gas models have to “re-calibrated” to account for this unknown variable.


5 posted on 06/21/2013 12:24:44 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: neverdem
Global farting.
We can't do anything about it but we can throw lots of money at it.

Oh BTW, Methane exists naturally. All wetlands, lakes, oceans and all decaying plant matter give off lots of it.
Don't tell any enviro nuts about it though, they may go ... even more nuts.

6 posted on 06/21/2013 12:27:57 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: neverdem
"Seep" or "Weep Wow"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i41mQr2IJ_Y

7 posted on 06/21/2013 12:33:59 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: BitWielder1

As a youngster in the late ‘50’s to early ‘60’s my friends and I had great fun in the Western PA bogs and woodlands lighting the seeps on fire.

You had to be careful though. Find a puddle with small bubbles. If they were big and frequent sometimes it would flare up into a fairly steady flame.

The local fire department was NOT amused, LOL!


8 posted on 06/21/2013 12:45:05 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA, pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: neverdem

Don’t worry, Obama will stop it by Executive Order.


9 posted on 06/21/2013 1:05:33 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: count-your-change
*The EPA does not permit seeps so the East coast states will have to take some sort of remedial action soon. But the critters around the seeps mustn’t be disturbed so an Interstate Bicycle Path System may need to be built so restore something or other.*

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10 posted on 06/21/2013 1:06:15 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: neverdem

Bacteria living in methane seeps. Just goes to show that the “life as we know it” meme the scientists keep talking about is a lot more diverse than what we think of. Who is to say there isn’t life in the middle of the sun? Intelligent beings on a methane planet would be horrified to think there could be life on a planet of H20 and oxygen which can be highly reactive and corrosive to many other chemicals. They wouldn’t be able to believe ANYTHING could live where liquid H2O fell from the skies.


11 posted on 06/21/2013 1:42:12 PM PDT by conservaterian (Time for a CONSERVATIVE party, but no, if we do that the libs will win !)
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To: neverdem

It happened during Obama’s reign so it is not surprising, it is “unexpected”. /s


12 posted on 06/21/2013 1:50:57 PM PDT by ken in texas (The Obama Excuse: They never told me and I didn't ask.)
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To: neverdem

Yeah but it’s still SUV’s! They are evil and giving the Planet a Fever etc etc etc

My solution “Drill Baby Drill!”

TT


13 posted on 06/21/2013 2:07:21 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: neverdem

I thought 0bama healed the sea’s????


14 posted on 06/21/2013 2:30:25 PM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: neverdem

It’s coming from Chris Christie’s mouth.


15 posted on 06/21/2013 2:40:16 PM PDT by Catmom
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To: PATRIOT1876

If a gas seeps release all sorts of noxious fumes it’s the most wonderful thing in nature to be found but if my cow belches the world will begin to melt.

So many nuts, so few strait jackets.


16 posted on 06/21/2013 2:48:40 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: conservaterian
*They wouldn’t be able to believe ANYTHING could live where liquid H2O fell from the skies.*

Dangerous dihydrogen monoxide is all around us!
http://dhmo.org/

We have to rid our planet of it in our lifetime.
Do it for the children.
Do it for the environazis.

17 posted on 06/21/2013 2:50:04 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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18 posted on 06/21/2013 5:02:33 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Methane is a strong greenhouse gas. Stronger than CO2.

That’ll make their heads explode.


19 posted on 06/21/2013 5:35:03 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 06/21/2013 7:08:42 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

Thanks — will keep for later. I’ll keep watching for your Delaware peeps.


21 posted on 06/21/2013 7:15:04 PM PDT by imardmd1 (An armed society is a polite society -- but dangerous for the fool --)
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Thanks neverdem.


22 posted on 08/03/2013 12:42:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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