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Climate Change: Locals say they saw flames and smoke as a major bubble of methane blasted below the surface & created another sinkhole in the Russian Arctic peninsula

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , on July 16, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Reindeer herders in the area of Seyakh, a village on the eastern coast of the Yamal Peninsula in the morning of June 28th reported the incident to the local authorities. They say that they from the distance saw flaring flames and a column of smoke from the area, TASS reports. It is believed that the explosion took place place about 30-40 km from Seyakh. Russian space authorities have been requested to localise the exact site of the incident.

The Yamal Peninsula covers a more than 700 km long area between the Gulf of Ob and the Kara Sea and is among Russia’s least populated regions. It is inhabited mostly by the indigenous reindeer herding Nenets people and a gradually increasing number of oilmen. It is not the first explosion of its kind. Over the last years, several major methane blasts have occured in the gas-rich peninsula.

In 2014, a major sinkhole was discovered not far from Bovanenkovo, the area which houses one of Russia’s biggest natural gas fields. That has a diameter of up to 60 meters. There are at least ten known sinkholes in the Yamal Peninsula, as well as about 250 lakes and numerous offshore structures which indicate similar phenomena, Interfax reports. It is not rare that the sinkholes are triggered by methane explosions with fires and smoke, Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a research leader at the Russian Academy of Sciences, says to the news agency. Over the last couple of years, the regional oil and gas industry has placed censors in the area which they hope will be able to tell about new and upcoming sinkholes.

The measurement instruments are now on site in Bovenenkovo, Sabetta and Kharasavey, all of them key sites for the gas industry in the area. The methane explosions in the region could be spurred by the warmer temperatures and climate change in the Arctic. As the permafrost melts it releases gas hydrates preserved in the ground.

Source: Climate Change Russia – Methane Bubbles

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

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , on March 23, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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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

Argentina Scientists Are Now Attaching Backpacks To Collect Cow Farts

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Scientists in Argentina may have just the answer to combat global warming.

With cows being responsible for up to 25 percent of the methane gas released in the US each year, a group of scientists at Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology is now attaching backpacks to cows to collect the animals’…farts.

Here’s the way it works: Tubes connected to the cows’ digestive tracks are collected and then stored in the backpack. Scientists say that the farts collected each day could produce enough energy to run a car or refrigerator for an entire 24 hours.

While the likelihood of this becoming a mainstream form of energy production is quite slim, the Argentine scientists say these silent but deadly bovine deeds could be used to power remote farms.

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