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Methane on the dinner menu

Bacteria in coastal waters can eat methane, a greenhouse gas – but just how much and how fast can they eat?

Figure 1: Cows are not the only source of methane! (Source: Jean-Luc Bailleul (own work), via Wikicommons)

More than cow burps: the many sources of methane

Methane is an important, and often forgotten, greenhouse gas. It comes from a variety of sources including wetlands, rice paddies, and natural gas operations. This article explores methane’s role in our changing climate and investigates some natural and anthropogenic sources.

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Double, double methane and trouble: Quantifying natural and man-made methane seeps

Researchers from Texas A&M and Woods Hole tested out a new, 3D camera system designed to look at deep sea methane seeps. The high resolution, high frame rate videos yielded new insights into bubble dynamics that could influence how we respond to oil and gas spills.

Methane hydrate, a.k.a. "burning ice"

A Song of Ice, Fire, and Climate: Could Warming Seas Release Methane from Beneath the Seafloor?

In 2008, scientists were troubled to find methane bubbling up from marine sediments off the coast of a string of islands in the Arctic Ocean. In this study, researchers investigate whether the methane is the result of destabilization of methane hydrates under the seafloor due to warming ocean waters.

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