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A 2,500 square-mile methane plume is silently hovering over Western U.S.
12-30-2014, 06:58 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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A monstrous cloud of accumulated methane—a potent greenhouse gas—is now hovering over a large portion of the western United States according to satellite imagery analyzed by NASA and reported by the Washington Post.

Created by years of intentionally released and errantly leaked natural gas during fossil fuel drilling operations, the cloud—invisible to the human eye but captured by advanced satellite imaging technology—is centered over northwest New Mexico and described by the Post as “a permanent, Delaware-sized methane cloud, so vast that scientists questioned their own data when they first studied it three years ago.”

So alarmed by the size of the plume were scientists, NASA researcher Christian Frankenberg told the Post, “We couldn’t be sure that the signal was real.”

Though there is considerably less of it put into the atmosphere each year, methane is twenty times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon-dioxide or CO2.

https://www.intellihub.com/2500-square-m...stern-u-s/

I questioned this so went looking for another source:

CUBA, N.M. — The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from space.

Satellites that sweep over energy-rich northern New Mexico can spot the gas as it escapes from drilling rigs, compressors and miles of pipeline snaking across the badlands. In the air it forms a giant plume: a permanent, Delaware-sized methane cloud, so vast that scientists questioned their own data when they first studied it three years ago. “We couldn’t be sure that the signal was real,” said NASA researcher Christian Frankenberg.

Delaware-size gas plume over West illustrates the cost of leaking methane
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12-30-2014, 08:22 PM #2
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12-30-2014, 08:26 PM #3
Ruby Wolf Member
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Damn cows......Anyone got a light?......Hey dude spark it up......Ha haa haaa haaaa haaaaa (*=*)
12-30-2014, 10:48 PM #4
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12-31-2014, 12:56 AM #5
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I blame tacos.

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12-31-2014, 01:07 AM #6
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12-31-2014, 01:13 AM #7
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12-31-2014, 01:15 AM #8
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12-31-2014, 01:41 AM #9
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12-31-2014, 04:12 AM #10
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(12-31-2014, 12:56 AM)yankees Wrote:  I blame tacos.
You mean taco bell?! i friggin swear i saw hitlers great grand child working there the other day?! he was the boss yelling and screaming ordering everyone else around and they were all wearing yellow arm bands and pink triangles while carrying out their customers food orders in perfect formation while others wearing red squares were out back loading up canisters of methane gas...
12-31-2014, 11:35 AM #11
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Bad news, but not an ELE.

Quote:The clathrate gun hypothesis is the popular name given to the hypothesis that rises in sea temperatures (and/or falls in sea level) can trigger the sudden release of methane from methane clathrate compounds buried in seabeds and permafrost which, because the methane itself is a powerful greenhouse gas, leads to further temperature rise and further methane clathrate destabilization – in effect initiating a runaway process as irreversible, once started, as the firing of a gun.

In its original form, the hypothesis proposed that the "clathrate gun" could cause abrupt runaway warming on a timescale less than a human lifetime, and was responsible for warming events in and at the end of the last glacial maximum. This is now thought unlikely.

However, there is stronger evidence that runaway methane clathrate breakdown may have caused drastic alteration of the ocean environment (such as ocean acidification and ocean stratification) and the atmosphere of earth on a number of occasions in the past, over timescales of tens of thousands of years; these events include the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum 56 million years ago, and most notably the Permian–Triassic extinction event, when up to 96% of all marine species became extinct, 252 million years ago.

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clathrate_gun_hypothesis

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