02 Jun '17, 2pm

Hundreds of massive seafloor craters are leaking methane

Hundreds of massive seafloor craters are leaking methane

Study lead author Karin Marie Andreassen of the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate, and Environment (CAGE) explained it this way: “As the ice sheet rapidly retreated, the hydrates concentrated in mounds, and eventually started to melt, expand, and cause over-pressure. The principle is the same as in a pressure cooker: if you do not control the release of the pressure, it will continue to build up until there is a disaster in your kitchen. These mounds were over-pressured for thousands of years, and then the lid came off.”

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/hundreds-of-massive-seafloor-craters...

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