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Global Warming Not Primary Cause Of Svalbard-Area Methane Release
2014-01-03 07:47:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Natural processes, not global warming, are primarily to blame for the dissolution of the fragile, ice-like solid fuel substances known as methane hydrates, according to new research published online Thursday in the journal Science. Methane hydrates, which are composed of water and methane, are only stable in high pressure and low temperature conditions, the study authors explained. In some areas, such as in the North Atlantic off...

Methane Release From Earthquakes Feeds Global Warming
2013-07-29 11:15:00

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1945 an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the northern Arabian Sea which released 7.4 million cubic meters of methane into the ocean and atmosphere. Now a team of scientists from the MARUM Institute at the University of Bremen, the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and the ETH Zurich have concluded a study on this earthquake and believe similar temblors are also adding to the release of...

2013-02-04 08:22:30

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Strategic Carbon LLC (www.strategic-carbon.com), a global science-based energy and environmental consulting and development enterprise partially owned by Calypso Communications, has announced that Strategic Carbon Founder Dr. Richard Coffin is leading an expedition to explore methane contributions to climate change. The month-long expedition on the German-flagged RV Sonne embarks this week from Christchurch, New Zealand. The research...

2012-09-24 14:23:21

Expedition to the Greenland Sea with Surprising Results Marine scientists from Kiel, together with colleagues from Bremen, Great Britain, Switzerland and Norway, spent four and a half weeks examining methane emanation from the sea bed off the coast of Spitsbergen with the German research vessel MARIA S. MERIAN. There they gained a very differentiated picture: Several of the gas outlets have been active for hundreds of years. Frequent storms and sub-zero temperatures — nature drove...

Methane Reservoir Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet
2012-08-30 08:32:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent study of the Antarctic Ice Sheet suggests that it could be a largely overlooked source of the potent greenhouse gas methane. An international team of scientists from the University of Bristol, the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and the University of Utrecht, demonstrate that old organic matter in sedimentary basins located beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet may have been converted to...

2012-08-13 21:48:17

Examining gas outlets off the coast of Spitsbergen with the submersible JAGO West of Spitsbergen methane gas is effervescing out of the seabed. Is this an indication that methane hydrates in the seabed are dissolving due to rising temperatures? And what would the effects be? An expedition with the German research vessel MARIA S. MERIAN and the submersible JAGO lead by GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel hopes to help answer these questions. The expedition begins today in...

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2009-03-23 14:15:07

In the future, natural gas derived from chunks of ice that workers collect from beneath the ocean floor and beneath the arctic permafrost may fuel cars, heat homes, and power factories. Government researchers are reporting that these so-called "gas hydrates," a frozen form of natural gas that bursts into flames at the touch of a match, show increasing promise as an abundant, untapped source of clean, sustainable energy. The icy chunks could supplement traditional energy sources that are in...

2008-07-07 09:00:56

OTTAWA, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- As the search for new global energy sources, continues and conventional natural gas supplies decline in North America, a 13-member panel of experts appointed by the Council of Canadian Academies has concluded that Canada is well positioned to be a global leader in exploration, research and development, and eventual production of natural gas from gas hydrate. However, given the need for further research to better quantify the large Canadian gas hydrate resource...

2007-02-21 12:00:48

BP Exploration (Alaska) has successfully drilled a research well on the Alaska North Slope in partnership with the US Department of Energy and the US Geological Survey to collect samples and gather knowledge about gas hydrate, a potential long-term unconventional gas energy resource. The stratigraphic test well enabled BP and the Department of Energy (DOE) to gather core, log, reservoir performance and fluid data from an ice pad location at Milne Point. The drilling began on February 3,...

2005-06-06 14:39:59

Experts at Cardiff University, UK, have designed world-first technology to investigate sustainable energy sources from the ocean bed by isolating ancient high-pressure bacteria from deep sediments. Scientists and engineers at Cardiff University are investigating bacteria from deep sediments which despite high pressures (greater than 1,000 atmospheres), gradually increasing temperatures (from an icy 2°C to over 100°C), great depth (several kilometres) and age (many millions of years)...