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Hundreds Of Vents Leaking Methane From Atlantic Sea Floor

Geo Beats
Geo Beats
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Methane is a harmful greenhouse gas known to be a major contributor to global warming and climate change. Off the Eastern coast of the United States, deep in the Atlantic Ocean, researchers have discovered hundreds of vents that they think are leaking methane gas.

Methane is a harmful greenhouse gas known to be a major contributor to global warming and climate change.

Off the Eastern coast of the United States, deep in the Atlantic Ocean researchers have discovered hundreds of vents that they think are leaking methane gas.

The study found 570 gas vents that were identified stretching between the states of North Carolina and Massachusetts.

According to Professor Adam Skarke from Mississippi State University, who led the study: "The methane is dissolving into the ocean at depths of hundreds of metres and being oxidised to CO2. But it is important to say we simply don't have any evidence in this paper to suggest that any carbon coming from these seeps is entering the atmosphere."

One effect of climate change is rising ocean temperatures, which some researchers think might be causing the vents to open.

Estimates say that there might be up to 30 thousand of these kinds of vents in oceans around the world.

Unique kinds of life forms have been found living near the vents, which the researchers say is a significant find because of the amount of biodiversity that is able to exist there.

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