Phenomena

Frozen Methane Bubbles

As the Arctic warms, methane that was previously trapped by permafrost rises from the muddy bottom of lakes to escape into the atmosphere. Here the first clear ice of the fall has trapped the rising methane bubbles, allowing scientists an opportunity to estimate the amount of methane being released. When spring arrives and the lakes melt, the methane will rise again. (Photo credit: M. Thiessen/National Geographic)

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