Terrifying! More than 7,000 underground methane gas bubbles are about to explode in the Arctic!

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  • Explosions in recent years has led to the formation of spectacular new craters
  • Bubbles were created by methane gas being unlocked by warming temperatures
  • There are startlingly more gas-filled domes than previously known
  • When the bubbles explode they release methane gas which is approximately 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide 

Experts believe the ‘bubbles’ will erupt causing more large craters that have been noticed in recent years in Arctic regions of Siberia.

Alexey Titovsky, director of Yamal department for science and innovation, said that the methane gas bubbles are contained within pingos, dome-shaped mounds consisting of a layer of soil over a large core of ice found in permafrost areas.

‘At first such a bump is a bubble,’ he said.

‘With time the bubble explodes, releasing gas. This is how gigantic funnels form.’

The figure of 7,000 gas-filled mounds is ‘startlingly more than previously known’, reported The Siberian Times

A number of explosions in recent years has led to the formation of spectacular new craters or funnels.

The methane gas bubbles are contained within pingos, dome-shaped mounds consisting of a layer of soil over a large core of ice found in permafrost areas

The methane gas bubbles are contained within pingos, dome-shaped mounds consisting of a layer of soil over a large core of ice found in permafrost areas

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE BUBBLES EXPLODE?

Yamal is Russia’s main area for extracting natural gas, and there are fears that explosions could lead to damage to key energy facilities. 

When the bubbles explode they release methane gas which is approximately 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

After they’ve exploded they leave gigantic funnels or craters.

The extent of the harmful greenhouse gases buried in this new phenomenon of jelly-like bubbles poses ‘very serious alarm’ concerning the impact of global warming, experts have warned.  

 

Source: 7,000 underground methane gas bubbles in Russia | Daily Mail Online

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