In late summer, the Russian research vessel Academician Lavrentiev conducted an extensive survey of about 10,000 square miles of sea off the East Siberian coast. Scientists deployed four highly sensitive instruments, both seismic and acoustic, to monitor the “fountains” or plumes of methane bubbles rising to the sea surface from beneath the seabed.
“In a very small area, less than 10,000 square miles, we have counted more than 100 fountains, or torch-like structures, bubbling through the water column and injected directly into the atmosphere from the seabed,” Dr Semiletov said. “We carried out checks at about 115 stationary points and discovered methane fields of a fantastic scale – I think on a scale not seen before. Some plumes were a kilometre or more wide and the emissions went directly into the atmosphere – the concentration was a hundred times higher than normal.”
via Shock as retreat of Arctic sea ice releases deadly greenhouse gas – Climate Change – Environment – The Independent.
I’ll tell you what, liberal myths can change the world, and are.
The funny, silly thing about this latest news is that it comes just as the developed world failed to come up with any sort of decent plan to start to address this stuff. Perhaps when the oceans catch fire, people will take note that something is amiss.