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Mysterious Siberian crater attributed to methane
07-31-2014, 10:52 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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A mystery crater spotted in the frozen Yamal peninsula in Siberia earlier this month was probably caused by methane released as permafrost thawed, researchers in Russia say.

Air near the bottom of the crater contained unusually high concentrations of methane — up to 9.6% — in tests conducted at the site on 16 July, says Andrei Plekhanov, an archaeologist at the Scientific Centre of Arctic Studies in Salekhard, Russia. Plekhanov, who led an expedition to the crater, says that air normally contains just 0.000179% methane.

http://www.nature.com/news/mysterious-si...NatureNews

That actually makes sense
07-31-2014, 10:58 PM #2
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(07-31-2014, 10:52 PM)Octo Wrote:  That actually makes sense

Indeedy.

Luckily, there's no ignition source in the area ~ they call the region the "end of the world" for a reason, it seems.
07-31-2014, 11:01 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Wow great find! That's the first explanation I've read that coincides with the way the craters actually look.
I've seen numerous sinkholes in FL, and knew these didn't really fit the mold.
That explanation was bothersome.
Never do you find ejected mass meters outside the rim of a sinkhole as It's a result of an underground limestone aquifer cave in, or a "100 yr" type storm event with accompanying torrential rains.

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07-31-2014, 11:02 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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(07-31-2014, 10:58 PM)DaJavoo Wrote:  
(07-31-2014, 10:52 PM)Octo Wrote:  That actually makes sense

Indeedy.

Luckily, there's no ignition source in the area ~ they call the region the "end of the world" for a reason, it seems.

Quote:Since the crater was reported, local reindeer herders have noted a similar but smaller hole nearby. Although the hole is yet to be confirmed, scientists worry that the release of trapped methane could threaten local industry and communities. “If [a release] happens at the Bovanenkovskoye gas field that is only 30 km away, it could lead to an accident, and the same if it happens in a village,” says Plekhanov.

To avoid such an event, researchers have now suggested drilling holes into the permafrost. “If one knew where the build-up was, it might be possible to release the pressure, and maybe even use the gas,” says Hinzman.

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07-31-2014, 11:08 PM #5
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(07-31-2014, 11:02 PM)Octo Wrote:  Although the hole is yet to be confirmed, scientists worry that the release of trapped methane could threaten local industry and communities. “If [a release] happens at the Bovanenkovskoye gas field that is only 30 km away, it could lead to an accident, and the same if it happens in a village,” says Plekhanov.

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That settles it. If there's a gas field in there area, then there is no mystery ~ the holes are being caused by erupting gas pockets. Expanding gas has to go somewhere when containment pressure is released, eh?
07-31-2014, 11:12 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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No matter what gas came out of there it's probably not good news. 13.gif
07-31-2014, 11:19 PM #7
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(07-31-2014, 11:12 PM)Octo Wrote:  No matter what gas came out of there it's probably not good news. 13.gif

Hey, Mother Earth is farting...a little discretion, please. chuckle.gif


SBD????
07-31-2014, 11:23 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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