Seafloor Methane Released Into the Pacific Ocean

December 10, 2014 3:57 PM

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According to a recent study the seafloor methane released into the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate. The water from intermediate depths in the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast of the United States is warming to at such a point in which deposits of carbon will start to melt and free methane into the water.

Almost 4 million tons of methane has been released over the past forty years because of hydrate decomposition. The amount freed on the ocean floor of the Pacific Ocean is equal to the one released in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon malfunction off the coast of Louisiana.

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