March 11, 2013

Methane Bubbles, Alaska

Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic

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The first clear ice of fall on an Alaskan lake captures methane that all summer long has bubbled from the bottom mud. In spring it will be released into the air. As permafrost melts, new lakes are forming all around the Arctic.

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7 comments
Soap Berries
Soap Berries

They weren't supposed to get that photo while I let some gas go in the pool......

Shailesh Sharma
Shailesh Sharma

Methane clathrate is the energy of future. Well captured photo. 

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

I love this shot, the ability to capture some grand and focus on what makes it beautiful is a real gift!

As a high school student interested in photography I always find these photos to be inspirational.

If you would like to see some of my work my photo blog is here: http://maireadkahn.wordpress.com/

Mohican Golubcov
Mohican Golubcov

we all know what methane does..once the permafrost melts...there's no way back to normal!


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