March 16, 2013

Methane Ignition, Alaska

Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Methane is bubbling from lakes all over the warming Arctic. Here ecologist Katey Walter Anthony (at right) ignites a large bubble that was trapped by the fall freeze—then freed by an ice pick.

See more pictures from the December 2012 feature story "Good Gas, Bad Gas."

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7 comments
Bodell Cougars
Bodell Cougars

I think its so cool. I especially like how you can see all the different colors of the flame.

Elliott T.
Elliott T.

exciting mixture of in-focus and out-of-focus bringing my eyes straight to the fire and then all around and back to the fire

will smith
will smith

a kind of new energy source -ignitable ice ;hope it to be widely used ASAP

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

Quite an amazing and fascinating capture of Earth with Her many features. Love how the image "grabs my attention" with the actions with fire, people, ice and earth. 

monty Boyd
monty Boyd

free fuel bubbling out of the ground which if not used will dissipate into the atmosphere: oh by the way it is one of the most dangerous greenhouse gases there is.

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