Skip to comments.'Fountains' of methane 1,000m across erupt from Arctic ice
Posted on 12/15/2011 4:29:02 AM PST by wolfcreek
The Russian research vessel Academician Lavrentiev conducted a survey of 10,000 square miles of sea off the coast of eastern Siberia. They made a terrifying discovery - huge plumes of methane bubbles rising to the surface from the seabed. 'We found more than 100 fountains, some more than a kilometre across,' said Dr Igor Semiletov, 'These are methane fields on a scale not seen before. The emissions went directly into the atmosphere.'
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Worse than CO2 Ping!
Needless to say, Barry will blame these on George W Bush.
The Earth had beans last week?
And for how many years/decades/centuries/millenia has this gone on?
Terrifying because of the dangers to ships sailing above them? Why should anyone find the fountains terrifying?
Are there that many cows in Siberia? The Russians should pass a law requiring all Siberians to become VEGANS.
OMG! Are we all going to die or what???!!!!!!
D O O M E D
I remember reading an article that said a ship sailing over such an area could suddenly lose bouyancy and sink - they did experiments in a wave tank with models.
Methinks those vast underground resevoirs of methane are what keeps producing petroleum, (oil is not "fossile-fuel").
Since 2001, of course.... Bush's fault:
Is this more dangerous to global warming than cow farts? The scientists should belly up here and do statistical comparisons then draw erroneous conclusions as usual. This is only a half finished study.
Is methane gas worthless or does it have some use?
Oil typically contains biomarkers - porphyrins, isoprenoids, pristane, phytane, cholestane, terpines, and clorins - which are related to biochemicals such as chlorophyll and hemoglobin.
The chemical fingerprint of oil assumed to have been formed from, for example, algae is different from that of oil formed from plankton. Thus geochemists can (and routinely do) use biomarkers to trace oil samples to specific source rocks.
Oil and methane are two different things. FReepers do tend to confuse them: I don't know why. I remember reading a post from a FReeper who assumed that because the moon Titan has a sea of methane therefore it also has oil, and therefore oil must be abiotic in origin. Not true!
Hope this was helpful.
Natural gas used to heat homes and fuel power plants is methane.
Just the opposite. When crude oil is exposed to heat and pressure, it continues to break down into smaller molecules including down to methane. The oldest, thermally mature oil fields have a higher percentage of natural gas.
In refineries, we do the same thing. We use heat and pressure to breakdown heavier petroleum molecules into smaller, lighter ones.
Just because it has not been seen does not mean it has not happened. I am sure we have all sorts of monitors and detectors now to tell us what is happening out there.
Oh...well then why not capture the methane? Or is that not practical?
Isn’t the same process some have suspected of being the mystery of the “Bermuda Triangle”? Methane gas released and mysteriously sinking ships and downing planes?
Earth: “Here, pull my finger.”
There is Bermuda triangle setup... Buoyancy must be a doozy
Drill now! Save the planet! Create jobs! Drop fuel prices. Go for it!!!!!!!
The plot thickens, let the truth be know farting whales not man made.
Gov’t terrifies me. Methane fountains not so much :-)
Some of these larger releases are due to shifting along the ocean floor in the arctic, exposing previously buried hydrates.
There has been some success in drilling into these formation to produce the methane, but it is still new and the technology is being developed.
The potential for this source is very large, if it can be economically developed. The recent successes in the shale gas production have postponed most of the interest in methane hydrates for the time being.
And the earth continues to manage these fluctuations with a wave and a flutter, as temperatures ebb and flow, as they have for millennia....
irrespective of the activities of man.
Is this the REAL reason for the ozone hole, not my SUV?
I should have read all the responses first.
Is it any surprise Siberia smells like a big fart? :-)
The Earth goes through periods of warming and cooling, oceans rising and falling. This is obviously a warming period and the release of methane may be symptom.
Methane venting suspected as cause of several past mass extinction events
We just watched the horrible SyFy movie “Ice Quake” last weekend, of course in this silly movie the methane earthquakes were blamed on global warming...
However, there is an element of scientific fact in the catastrophic potential effects of a massive methane release into the oceans or atmosphere (read up on theories of methane hydrate gasification as a cause or contributor to the Permian Triassic extinction (the Great Dying, Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum) and other mass extinction events possibly triggered by climate change)
Relatively local gas venting events in Africa in the vicinity of certain volcanic lakes have wiped out entire villages and all surrounding life and may pose future threat to millions
The article cites a HUGE, NATURALLY OCCURRING source of “greenhouse gases”, which nature manages just fine.
This little data point helps illustrate that the human factor is insignificant and there is no AGW!
Let me guess... They're horrified, horrified at this discovery. Why someone should do something about this immediately if not sooner! Don't think, just know that you have to act now! Let me take another wild guess - who do they want to pay for it? Someone else.
Should be? Heck, I can take a WAG from my desk here in North America.
And yet, this passes for serious science.
I saw a show about the Bermuda Triangle. These types of methane plumes were one of the possible explanations for the loss of so many ships in that area of the Atlantic.
The lack of bouyancy was given as the reason for the sinking of so many ships.
Maybe this has been where Godzilla has been hiding. Siberia is not that far from Tokyo.
I recall a documentary claiming huge methane bubbles could be responsible for sinking ships in the Bermuda triangle.
And there was that lake in Africa or where ever that released a huge methane [turned to CO2] bubble that killed everyone in the area.
Oh Nos......THE BLOB
As the planet warms and sea levels rise, it is inundated with seawater, which is 12-15 degrees warmer than the average air temperature.
The areas of these methane ‘fountains’ is 150 ft UNDER WATER. Since man caused ‘global warming’ the ocean level has not risen even an inch, and in fact has been going down the last few years.
Anyone with a brain should realize that trying to blame man for what is going on on the sea floor 150 ft below the surface is a moron.
Good to see an expert graciously remind posters that nat-gas and methane are the same.....Russia has a large gas field waiting to be harvested.
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