Methane Under Arctic Seabed Destabilizing

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Huge quantities of methane previously frozen under the Arctic seabed is being released at a much higher rate than scientists previously thought.  Researchers made thousands of observations of the Eastern Siberian Arctic Shelf on the north coast of Russia and determined that 8 million tons of methane were being released per year from that area.  This amount is equivalent to the total amount scientists had estimated for all the world’s oceans.  While it is unclear if this a new source of methane, researchers did point out that methane in the atmosphere above the Arctic is higher than at any time in the last 400,000 years.

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