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Flammable ice bubbles

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Flammable ice bubbles

Like clouds perched in the sky on a windless day, the white and billowy bubbles in the frozen blue waters of Alberta, Canada’s Abraham Lake are as picturesque as a scene on Earth can get.

But they are hiding a dangerous secret.

These buoyant bubbles aren’t air, they’re methane and they’re trapped inside the frigid lake. That is, until spring comes and the ice starts to thaw

Caused by the decomposition of organic matter—like plants, animals, and microbes—the extremely flammable gas begins to surge up in the warmer months as it floats ever closer to the surface

For a time, it stays trapped beneath the last remnants of ice. And then the ice cracks and the methane bubbles away into the atmosphere.

 

UCC MCA Spotlight

Flammable ice bubbles

Flammable ice bubbles

Posted on 2 weeks ago

Like clouds perched in the sky on a windless day, the white and billowy bubbles in the frozen blue waters of Alberta, Canada’s Abraham Lake are as picturesque as a scene on Earth can get.

But they are hiding a dangerous secret.

These buoyant bubbles aren’t air, they’re methane and they’re trapped inside the frigid lake. That is, until spring comes and the ice starts to thaw

Caused by the decomposition of organic matter—like plants, animals, and microbes—the extremely flammable gas begins to surge up in the warmer months as it floats ever closer to the surface

For a time, it stays trapped beneath the last remnants of ice. And then the ice cracks and the methane bubbles away into the atmosphere.

 

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