Climate-changing methane ‘rapidly destabilizing’ off East Coast, study finds

October 25, 2012NEW YORKA changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. And since methane is even more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas, the researchers said, any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts. Temperature changes in the Gulf Stream are “rapidly destabilizing methane hydrate along a broad swathe of the North American margin,” the experts said in a study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature. Using seismic records and ocean models, the team estimated that 2.5 gigatonnes of frozen methane hydrate are being destabilized and could separate into methane gas and water. It is not clear if that is happening yet, but that methane gas would have the potential to rise up through the ocean and into the atmosphere, where it would add to the greenhouse gases warming Earth. The 2.5 gigatonnes isn’t enough to trigger a sudden climate shift, but the team worries that other areas around the globe might be seeing a similar destabilization. “It is unlikely that the western North Atlantic margin is the only area experiencing changing ocean currents,” they noted. “Our estimate … may therefore represent only a fraction of the methane hydrate currently destabilizing globally.” The wider destabilization evidence, co-author Ben Phrampus told NBC News, includes data from the Arctic and Alaska’s northern slope in the Beaufort Sea. And it’s not just under the seafloor that methane has been locked up. Some Arctic land area are seeing permafrost thaw, which could release methane stored there as well. An expert who was not part of the study said it suggests that methane could become a bigger climate factor than carbon dioxide. “We may approach a turning point” from a warming driven by man-made carbon dioxide to a warming driven by methane, Jurgen Mienert, the geology department chair at Norway’s University of Tromso, told NBC News. “The interactions between the warming Arctic Ocean and the potentially huge methane-ice reservoirs beneath the Arctic Ocean floor point towards increasing instability,” he added. –USNEWSNBC
See chapter 12,  When Oceans boil, planets die, The Extinction Protocol
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15 Responses to Climate-changing methane ‘rapidly destabilizing’ off East Coast, study finds

  1. nickk0 says:

    This could be, quite serious, and a major ‘game-changer’.

    “2.5 gigatonnes” sounds like A LOT.
    I guess the severity of the effects depend upon how long it takes for the methyl hydrate beds to ‘gassify’.

    Alvin – How long do you think this will take, and what will the immediate effects be ??

    • Well, I warn this would begin to happen in The Extinction Protocol years ago. It’s interesting to see science confirming more of what my book recorded would begin happened to the planet. If we’re experiencing very intense sublimation, we could witness a transformation of the planet in as little as 3 to 5 years. Methane traps 25 times more heat than CO2. It’s a profound step towards another extinction. It’s one of the worst things that could happen to a terrestrial planet because there is danger of the alteration of the atmosphere and it can also exsolve in explosions.

  2. Moco says:

    Interesting article. What’s the best way to reduce the methane seepage?
    Release a layer of thick crude over the entire area?
    GOM spill did a nice job doing that.
    WOnder too, how radioactive this methane may be.

  3. Debbie says:

    Isn’t this going to pull the hurricane closer to the northeast?

  4. Do you think that there might be a link between this and what is happening in Louisiana at the sink-hole ? It’s a rather large coincidence if there isn’t.

  5. Gail says:

    These flakes just don’t give up on the global warming hoax, do they?

  6. JungleMitty says:

    Sandy, needs no methane as she is going to blast the East coast in days. Damage cost could be the worst ever when she is done . Full moon with 35 foot waves, I can see why they are calling it the Frankenstorm!

  7. Mary B says:

    I wonder if the Gulf Oil Spill is effecting the Ocean currents. I seem to remember hearing that would happen back when it was in the news. Also, wonder if the sink hole is another result of the oil spill or tied in with it somehow.

  8. IMO, unless you are wearing full radiation kit when outside, decontaminating on entry to your home. Unless your home has a greenhouse aquaponics setup with filtered water for even bathing. Then I wouldn’t worry about methane hydrate because the fallout from 4 continuously melting down nuclear reactors is going to kill you long before a raise in surface temp.

  9. archie1954 says:

    Such a release of methane could also cause ships to sink due to loss of buoyancy,

  10. coldcanuk says:

    Your first clue to this bs propaganda are the words “peer review” in other words “what we say has no scientific proof but the group has reviewed each others work and it looks and sounds good” Do you think these turds are going to tell you or anyone else anything other than what the “purchaser(ie:govmt) ” wants to tell youThink people think look between lines , peer reviews are not good science, peer reviews are done because actualities can not be provided and if sbmitted to review boards will be laughed at.

    a peer review is nothing more than an “at a boy/girl good job” from a friend
    I know did them for 10 years at my job

    • I find it incredible that we have to dig for any type of news related to what’s going on in the world, other than what the power’s that be want us to know. I for one, search and read everything, I might not understand or always agree, but am grateful for anything that informs. You have to absorb it, research it, and discern. So even if it is a peer review or someone’s opinion based on fact, I’m going to give it serious consideration. Thanks Alvin for working so tirelessly to bring us the info.

  11. Irene C says:

    I heard about this possibility years ago when some scientists did a study on the Bermuda Triangle and missing boats. One of the theories was methane bubbles that would cause boats to sink, either due to loss of buoyancy (as archie1954 mentioned) or causing a giant bubble that would cause a temporary hole in the water, engulfing a ship. Fascinating.

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