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Study: Arctic thawing is releasing ancient methane

http://www.newsminer.com -- by Jeff Richardson / jrichardson@newsminer.com

FAIRBANKS — After spending the past decade studying the methane that gurgles out of Alaska lakes, Katey Walter Anthony began to see something unusual several years ago.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher noticed that “violent bubbling” at some lakes was creating patches of thawed water in late and early winter. The source of that methane, she later discovered, wasn’t from recent organic decomposition but instead from underground coal beds or petroleum reservoirs.

“That looks like something very different than I’ve seen elsewhere,” Walter Anthony said.

The reason that methane is venting to the surface, according to her team’s newly published article in the journal Nature Geoscience, is because the frozen cap covering that ground


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Submitted May 22, 2012 By: Nitewolf
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alterman156
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 10:04:29 PM

In New Jersey, it smells in the Meadowlands because of the methane.
carranco
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 8:57:53 PM

Sounds like a good fuel source.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 7:58:34 PM

I thouht it smelled kinda funny up there.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 7:15:53 PM

Let's use the methane in lieu of other fuels!
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 7:02:34 PM

someone needs to put a cap on it and sell it.
Ken2OD
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 6:38:10 PM

I read the article right from the source - Fairbanks News-Miner. The story included 3 photographs - one with Katey in a small boat paddling next to a large ice-berg; one showing a large hole in the ice; and a third with a person sitting next to a 6-inch hole in the ice with a small flame burning in the hole. Go directly to www.newsminer.com/view/full_story/18680380/text deleted
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 3:00:39 PM

Excellent. That's even more methane than we expected.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 1:35:26 PM

It certainly isn't caused by global warming, no such thing, right?
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 12:18:35 PM

Are they talking about Alaska or Washington, DC
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 12:14:50 PM

Now we'll have to pass laws to keep dinosaurs from passing emissions.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 11:41:25 AM

Talk of this happening started years ago. I guess the scientists were correct. Now that it's happening lets capture and use it.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 11:35:35 AM

Capturing the Methane escaping from DC would be a more productive venture. We all know how much BS is in that town
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 11:24:17 AM

Stale gas more like it
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 11:06:55 AM

More Dinosaur gas!!! Oh the smell of fossils...
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 10:52:35 AM

Lets capture the methane
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 10:52:23 AM

Nitewolf, Thanks so much for posting this article! I'm very familiar with the gurgling explosive stinking methane releases from tons of organic accumulation on the bottom of the Potomac River, but these geologic releases due to increasing heat within our atmosphere are definitely alarming.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 10:48:07 AM

Good article
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 10:42:15 AM

SO,GET IT DONE........
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 10:11:30 AM

but we are studying how noisy wind turbines are.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 10:03:16 AM

Don't smoke when you go fishing in Alaska!
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 9:57:16 AM

If there is any smell that I hate more, it's ancient dinosaur farts. I'll have to go to the UAF Geophysical Institute web site and see if I can locate Katey. I know a few other folks in her building who work for AEIC.
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Message Posted: May 22, 2012 9:50:26 AM

Now, we just need a dome to capyure thew methane....
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