Fountains of methane 1,000 m across, are beginning to erupt from Arctic ice

Russian research vessel "Academician Lavrentiev" investigated 10,000 square kilometers of the coast of East Siberia. They made the discovery that a large amount of methane rises to the surface from the seabed.

"We have found more than 100 fountains, some more than a kilometer across, 'said Dr Igor Semiletov," This methane fields on a scale never before seen. Emissions are sent directly to the atmosphere.

Earlier studies by the team Semiletova concluded that the amount of methane currently coming out of the shelf of the East Siberian Arctic comparable to the amount that comes out of the ocean.

"Previously, we did not find such structures as these," said Semiletov Independent. "This is the first time that we've found continuous, powerful and impressive fountain, more than 1,000 meters in diameter. It's amazing. "

"In a relatively small area we found more than 100 fountains, but on a large area of them — thousands of them."

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