TITLE

Gas Trap

AUTHOR(S)
Anderson, Robert
PUB. DATE
May 2006
SOURCE
Natural History;May2006, Vol. 115 Issue 4, p62
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on the advantages and disadvantages of methane. Methane is a simple molecule with four hydrogen atoms bonded to a central carbon. It is a clear and odorless gas. It cooks people's comfort food and is a vital source of energy. However, methane also has a negative side. The real concern is when the methane becomes trapped in ice. At low temperatures and moderate pressures, methane and water form an ice known as methane hydrate. Most of this type of ice is locked up in sediments along continental shelves, and a smaller amount is buried in Arctic permafrost. If methane hydrate melts, it could drastically increase global warming.
ACCESSION #
20640114

 

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