Pacific Seafloor Methane is Escaping at Alarming Rates

December 9, 2014 10:20 PM

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You've likely heard about our ocean's methane plumes - dangerous greenhouse gasses being slowly released from their icy seafloor prisons. Now a new study of the seafloor off the West Coast of the United States has revealed that these gaseous "leaks" are already escalating to a full blown jail break, with methane escaping at 500 times its average rate of natural release.

The study, recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), details how the water off the coast of Washington is gradually warming at a depth of 500 meters, about a third of a mile down.

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