|"Methane Hydrates"by Emerson Dubrosky
(Copyright © 2008 Emerson Dubrosky)
Posted: 11:30 September 29, 2008
|Methane Hydrate is stable on land in polar regions and at sea in water deeper than a few hundred meters, and likely exists on all continental margins. The triangles here show actual discoveries (updated from Kvenvolden, 1988).
I don't know diddle about lithosphere shifts other than what I learned from Hapgood's original book (that I have in storage somewhere). When I bought it, of course, Hapgood's theories of continental drift were considered scientific nonsense. It turned out that he was absolutely correct, and his position(s) are now unquestioned mainstream science. So, oddly enough, I do have an historical book here (somewhere).
Now, I know even less about terrestrial polar shifts, except the knowledge that the evidence is clear that it has happened repeatedly, over long epochs of time.
Where am I going with this?
I ran into an article (don't know where) that speculated that sudden dumping of huge volumes of methane into the atmosphere in the past has deeply affected our Earth...the fauna, and the flora. As I remember the article, it made a point of connecting this methane burst with severe climate change (if my memory is correct), and it was an immediate precursor of an ice age. Ice ages, especially the mini-types have been relatively recent and fairly often.
Polar regions, especially in our time, the Arctic, is a repository of huge amounts of methane secured as Methane Hydrates, kept secured by permafrosts. The Antarctic has a minimal effect because it is more a lithosphere than oceanic. The Energy Industry is developing strategies to harvest these hydrocarbons in the Arctic.
Will these strategies be too little-too late? If global warming changes the permafrost capping of these methane hydrates allowing the methane to aerosolize in huge volumes, are we facing a short-term global catastrophe? Is this what our cousins in their ovoid crafts have been monitoring?
For what it's worth, I remember speculation that the Sargasso Sea, an area of intense plant growth, may be prone to "burps" of methane gas from the sunk detrius of the plants above, that would result in severely reduced buoyancies in critical areas for a limited time. Ships in this critical area, at this critical time, may well find their buoyancy drop below survival levels. This area in the Caribbean is perhaps better known as the "Bermuda Triangle".
Methane Hydrates: I dearly hope we can use them, rather than face a negative effect of huge proportions.
If any of what I have just laid out makes sense; perhaps..,just perhaps, you, Robert and Dirk, and (?associates) can get an interview and discussion with T. Boone Pickens. It offers the opportunity to elevate a niche concern to a mainstream study.
I'm attaching a web report : www.ctv.ca
Also read: www.forbes.com