Blue methane bubbles?

31 Jan 2013

Last fall, I blogged about this very cool burning ice, methane hydrate.  This is actually methane trapped in ice.  Well, I just came across this story which shows methane hydrate in another view.  The video, which shows the trapped gas being ignited, is pretty impressive.

On the plus side, this may be a cleaner source of fuel. On the other hand, methane escaping on its own is a powerful greenhouse gas (some say almost 20 times as powerful as CO2).  Extracting something like this obviously poses its own challenges when a spring thaw sends the methane bubbling into the air.

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