Four Corners Methane 'Hot Spot': NASA Joins Team Of Scientists Attempting To Pinpoint Source Of Gas

April 13, 2015 11:48 AM

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Four Corners Methane 'Hot Spot': NASA Joins Team Of Scientists Attempting To Pinpoint Source Of Gas

The Four Corners region in the southwestern United States -- a region where the boundaries of four states meet -- has long intrigued scientists because of its surprisingly large methane concentration. According to satellite data gathered by scientists at NASA, levels of methane in the region are more than triple the standard ground-based estimate of the greenhouse gas.

Now, a team of researchers from NASA and several other universities are attempting to unravel the mystery behind the methane “hot spot” through a series of field experiments known cumulatively as Topdown (Twin Otter Projects Defining Oil Well and Natural gas emissions). Understanding the exact force...

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