13 Dec '11, 4pm

Huge methane plumes are discovered in Arctic Ocean #methane #arctic #climatechange

13 Dec 2011: Huge Methane Plumes Are Discovered in Arctic Ocean Russian scientists sampling the waters of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf have discovered enormous plumes of methane , some more than a kilometer wide, bubbling up from the thawing seabed. Igor Melting Arctic Ocean Raises Threat of ‘Methane Time Bomb’ While scientists have long believed that thawing permafrost in Arctic soils could release huge amounts of methane, in recent years they began to observe methane bubbling up from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, as Susan Stranahan reported in 2008. READ THE e360 REPORT Semiletov, an oceanographer from the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said a research cruise late this summer detected more than 100 of these extensive methane “fountains” in an area of less than 10,000 square miles. Semiletov, who has been studying the region’s seabed for 20 yea...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/huge_methane_plumes_are_disco...

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