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Month: August 2010

Measure Methane Where it Matters

Measure Methane Where it Matters

Methane has been in the news a lot lately, mostly in a bad way. Methane gas caused the deadly Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion. Methane exploded on the Deep Water Horizon oil rig and complicated efforts to stop the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to acute dangers, methane has ominous potential as a greenhouse gas. But it is not all bad. When captured, methane is a potent energy source.

With greenhouse gas scientists turning more attention…

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Antarctic Research Examines Ancient Organic Carbon Deposits

Antarctic Research Examines Ancient Organic Carbon Deposits

As the northern hemisphere welcomes long days of summer sunshine, Antarctic researchers are busy crunching the numbers from the previous season’s research. Ning Zeng and Jay Gregg from the University of Maryland recently carried out a study of CO2 flux from carbon deposits found at the edges of glaciers on King George Island, near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

For millennia, these organic carbon deposits were buried under glacial ice, but they have been revealed with the retreat of…

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