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Researchers in the Arctic Ocean map undersea methane pockets distributed across a 250-million-year-old 'fault zone' that could accelerate ice sheet withdrawal with future ruptures

Researchers in the Arctic Ocean have discovered a massive network of undersea faults that have been slowly leaking methane, which are believed to be contributing to the withdrawal of ice sheets in the region. Led by Malin Waage, the team from the Arctic University of Norway documented a huge number of active 'mounds' of undersea methane in the Barents Sea, some as wide as 1,600 feet. The team had initially thought that methane leaks themselves might have been caused by some environmental instability driven by the effects of climate change, according to a Newsweek report. Read more...

 

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