Friday, December 14, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Lake has so much methane you can set it on fire

Posted on Saturday, 29 September, 2018 | Comment icon 8 comments

The methane is highly flammable. Image Credit: YouTube / University of Alaska Fairbanks
Esieh Lake in northern Alaska is releasing so much trapped methane that you can literally set the air ablaze.
The lake, which can be heard bubbling and hissing as the gas slowly seeps out from beneath the snow and ice, has been the subject of a decade-long study led by aquatic ecosystem ecologist Katey Walter Anthony from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Back in 2010, she became the unwitting host of a viral video showing a team of scientists poking holes in the ice and setting fire to the gas (viewable below).

The explanation for this strange phenomenon, it turns out, is that a large amount of methane gas trapped in the permafrost is being released as the ice melts, creating holes in the lake bed.

The gas then creates bubbles which rise to the surface and escape in to the atmosphere.

During the winter when the lake is frozen over, the bubbles become trapped but can be selectively released and burnt off by creating holes in the surface and setting the escaping gas on fire.

While the phenomenon might seem harmless enough, the fact that this is happening at all is indicative of a larger problem that could lead to a runaway global warming effect in the not-too-distant future.

Source: Live Science | Comments (8)

Tags: Methane, Esieh

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 29 September, 2018, 21:12
Rotting vegetation etc. Nature also pollutes.    
Comment icon #2 Posted by Black Monk on 30 September, 2018, 11:41
Just like on Titan.
Comment icon #3 Posted by UFOwatcher on 30 September, 2018, 14:39
Too bad that can't be 'collected' and used as fuel.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Black Monk on 30 September, 2018, 16:07
I was thinking that myself. I don't see why they can't somehow collect it, though. It is methane we use in our homes to cook.
Comment icon #5 Posted by NicoletteS on 1 October, 2018, 10:23
Eww... who cooks with methane wtf
Comment icon #6 Posted by Avalanche on 1 October, 2018, 10:41
Ignis faatus or fen fire is also quite awsome
Comment icon #7 Posted by Black Monk on 6 October, 2018, 13:53
Most people use it in their homes. It's the stuff in our gas ovens - we call it "natural gas".
Comment icon #8 Posted by NicoletteS on 6 October, 2018, 17:01
Oh... thats weird i thought it was all propane at least that what the company i buy it from calls it.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
'Dancing robot' turns out to be a man in a suit
A recent segment on Russian state TV mistakenly reported on a 'high-tech robot' that was anything but.
Man claims to eat only once every three months
'Breatharian' Khai Ho maintains that he is able to survive for months at a time on little more than air and sunlight.
Man photographs UFO over Kangaroo Island
Andrew Isaacson had been visiting Australia's Cape Willoughby Lighthouse when the picture was taken.
CIA experimented with mind-controlled dogs
Newly declassified documents have revealed the CIA's efforts to control dogs through electrical brain stimulation.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Humboldt squid takes a bite
Posted 12-10-2018 | 1 comment
A look at what happened when Steve Backshall met a rather large Humboldt squid.
Rainbow jelly tennis
Posted 12-3-2018 | 0 comments
The Slo Mo Guys attempt another ridiculous slow motion experiment involving jelly.
Progress launch timelapse
Posted 11-24-2018 | 0 comments
A look at the recent launch of the Russian Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft.
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
My name is whispered
11-9-2018 | Wish not to disclose
Strange numbers on arm
11-9-2018 | Charlotte, NC
Two experiences
10-31-2018 | Pryor, OK
Various experiences
10-31-2018 | Californiia
A transparent figure
10-31-2018 | Nigeria
My childhood haunting
10-29-2018 | Cincinnati, Ohio
Orange, hovering, atom-like figure
10-25-2018 | West kelowna
I saw a strange man
10-25-2018 | Croatia
Spontaneous exorcisms
10-25-2018 | Canada
Two children who didn't age
10-24-2018 | United States New York

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ