Quakes May Help Release Methane

Due to a recent study, researchers say that earthquakes can release methane from the seabed.  This upward flow of methane is still in motion and researchers do not know if or when it will stop.  They have estimated that about 10 million cubic yards of methane have been released from the different core sites over the past years.  Some scientists have been looking for a reason behind the methane release.  Some have come up with increasing water temperatures could affect the methane flow, but Dr. Johnson believes this to be untrue since those changes occur over a long period of time.  Dr. Johnson also says that  there is a big question of whether or not the methane is actually reaching the atmosphere-meaning there is a chance it is dissolving underwater before breaking the surface.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/30/science/earth/quakes-thought-to-help-release-methane-from-seabed.html

Anabel Danon

Soil and Geology

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