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Arctic Sea Beds Are Destroying The World

From the Gaia worshipping BBC News:

Methane seeps from Arctic sea bed

By Judith Burns
Science and environment reporter, BBC News

18 August 2009

Scientists say they have evidence that the powerful greenhouse gas methane is escaping from the Arctic sea bed.

Researchers say this could be evidence of a predicted positive feedback effect of climate change.

As temperatures rise, the sea bed grows warmer and frozen water crystals in the sediment break down, allowing methane trapped inside them to escape.

The research team found that more than 250 plumes of methane bubbles are rising from the sea bed off Norway…

"Methane hydrate" is an ice-like substance composed of water and methane which is stable under conditions of high pressure and low temperature.

As temperatures rise, the hydrate breaks down. So this new evidence shows that methane is stable at water depths greater than 400m off Spitsbergen.

However data collected over 30 years shows it was then stable at water depths as shallow as 360m…

The team says this is the first time that this loss of stability associated with temperature rise has been observed during the current geological period…

The team found that most of the methane is being dissolved into the seawater and did not detect evidence of the gas breaking the surface of the ocean and getting into the atmosphere.

They stress that this does not mean that the gas does not enter the atmosphere. They point out that the methane seeps are unpredictable and erratic in quantity, size and duration.

It is possible that larger seeps at different times and locations might in fact be vigorous enough to break through the ocean surface.

Most of the methane reacts with the oxygen in the water to form carbon dioxide, another greenhouse gas. In sea water, this forms carbonic acid which adds to ocean acidification, with consequent problems for biodiversity.

Graham Westbrook, lead author and professor of geophysics at the University of Birmingham said: "If this process becomes widespread along Arctic continental margins, tens of megatonnes of methane a year – equivalent to 5-10% of the total amount released globally by natural sources, could be released into the ocean."

The team is planning another expedition next year to observe the behaviour of the methane plumes over time. They are also engaged in ongoing research into the amount of methane hydrate under this area of the ocean floor…

This is too much.

If the earth is bent on destroying itself, then to hell with it.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Arctic Sea Beds Are Destroying The World”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Is there still time enough for me to order a deep fried burrito, Steve?

  2. proreason says:

    There are so many potential hazards in the universe…..we don’t have enough people in the country to staff our own government. Just as one more example, who is looking at the end of the universe….some reports say it is just 13 billion years away. Perhaps Al Toad should fix that for us.

    Re the critical shortage of governors, we have to open the borders to new rulers, NOW. A whole new set of rulers who aren’t steeped in the evil-doing of the U.S.A. would put a stop to all these hazards. Other countries are so much more in tune to nature than we are.

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    How do we know what they’re saying is true? Why does everyone accept what these learned men say as Gospel? What frustrates them is knowing that this time man didn’t create the mess. So they can’t blame it on him. But give them time. They’ll find a way.

  4. Right of the People says:

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling! And Algore told us it was cow farts.

  5. Grassy Knoll says:

    Let’s see … We are resonsible for man-made methane getting into the atmosphere and causing greenhouse gases to increase and temperatures to rise and kill and destroy, starve, etc. And now we are responsible for natural methane coming up from the bottom of the sea. Maybe there’s a big cow farting at the bottom of the sea. That would explain so much.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Sea Cow?

    • Confucius says:

      Sea cow?! Very funny!

      I’m thinking perhaps Mother Earth is intestinally distressed. Ever noticed how California is shaped like a stomach?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Now that’s funny, Confucius!!

      That explains all the leftist nuts it can’t and won’t digest then craps out whole!

      This is kinda like when we were kids, We would lay on the ground and see pictures in the clouds. Or those ink blotter pictures at the shrinks office.

      I look at California and I see a hemorrhoid.

    • Confucius says:

      Interesting, Liberals Demise. If California is a hemorrhoid, then Oregon must be the rectum.

      Let’s take a look-see through the proctoscope, shall we?

      From Oregon:

      –6 Democrats and 1 Republican.
      –This includes Bill Clinton concubine David Wu (D).

      From California:

      –35 Democrats and 19 Republicans.
      –This includes racist “Ma’am” Barbara Boxer (D), pancake mix-for-makeup (and brains) Dianne Feinstein (D), boxtox screwup Nancy Pelosi (D), crazy Barbara Lee (D), a-hole Pete Stark (D), poor excuse-for-a-human Henry Waxman (D), wig-wearing hapless Maxine Waters (D), unconvicted felon Jane Harman (D) and Ms. Foreclosure herself, Laura Richardson (D).

      The pathology report is in.

      Oregon = rectum, California = hemorrhoid, sea methane = Gaia farts.

    • proreason says:

      “poor excuse-for-a-human Henry Waxman (D), ”

      I’m not into Area 54 thinking, but every time I see a picture of Waxman, I really have to wonder whether he IS human.

      He makes the Drooler look normal.

      If there isn’t alien blood there, you have to wonder if there wasn’t some pig love going on with his ancestors.

  6. VMAN says:

    Sea farts?

  7. crosspatch says:

    1. There is no evidence that the temperature of the sea bed has changed at all. The water temperatures there are pretty stable and just barely above freezing.

    2. Increased release of methane hydrate in the past is related more to the reduction of pressure from a dropping sea level during ice ages. The hydrate tends to be more stable during interglacial periods.

    3. The last interglacial, about 100K years ago, was considerably warmer than this one has been. In fact, it was considerably warmer than now about 5 to 7 thousand years ago during this interglacial (Holocene optimum) when sea levels were about two meters higher than they are now. There is no evidence supporting any mass release of hydrates under those conditions.

    4. Methane is also bubbling out of the sea bed off the coast of California but since we can not drill even gas wells offshore, it must go into the atmosphere. If they allowed drilling off California, the amount of methane and oil seeping into the environment would be greatly reduced.

    Look for words such as “could”, “might” and “possible” such as:

    “Researchers say this could be evidence”

    Which researchers say this, exactly? And did you know that you “could” get hit in the noggin by a meteor right this very second?

    This statement is an interesting reach:

    “The team says this is the first time that this loss of stability associated with temperature rise has been observed during the current geological period”

    Because ocean temperatures have actually been DROPPING since 2004. And there has been no sea level rise since 2006.

    In short, the article is crap.

  8. canary says:

    Me and my daughter love polar bears for some reason. I realise they are dying. Is this natures way? Anyways, scientists say that the sea produces more oxygen then green, but only when it has enough sun to make the sea plants grow. Duh, the more sun to grow the sea plants, the hotter. The Antartica melted less this year. The idea that man can control the weather is not going to happen. I mean what killed the dinasours, back when there was the wheel? Change is constant.

    Scientists can say the temperature is hotter all they want, but there is no proof. Here, the temp has been lower in the last ten years, but greenies lie and say it’s hotter. This summer we actually got a few days of the the normal temp. We also got some unusual cool days.
    The bible talked of dinasours a few thousand years ago. It does not take millions of years to create a fossil. And I want to know what tools scientist have to measure millions of years ago. Some don’t even comprehend what a trillion is.

    Scientists get their money according to the need for them. And they have to show they are accomplishing something. If they said, things are okay, they’d lose grants and jobs. If they say the world is ending, the sky is falling! You need me to save the world. More jobs, more grant money, etc.
    I think Gore, who we know is a liar. Prehaps, he wants to be President of the earth until he dies.
    And the White House slave plantation causing all that human methane gas? Lot worse than cow methane. Grain and grass going back into the earth replenishes it. Here, you alternate fields for livestock.
    I think God knew what he was doing when he made livestock and chickens.


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