Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Abrupt releases of methane trapped in the seabed and sea-bottom ice may be a factor in Earth's historic cycles of warming and cooling, a report in Thursday's online version of the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles stated.
A team of scientists from the University of California at Santa Barbara based its conclusion on a massive blowout of methane from the ocean floor that was observed and videotaped. The blowout, which took place on March 8, 2002, occurred in an area of gas and oil seepage coming from small volcanoes in the ocean floor of the Santa Barbara channel.
It 'broadens the picture' (so to speak) given by Methane makers yield to science and 'Great lakes' seen on Titan moon found in the title link.