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For several days, bloggers and journalists have been passing around a news story about how the BP oil disaster will unleash a "giant methane bubble" and initiate a mass extinction. Yes, it's a myth. And we've busted it.
In this article, called "Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event," a guy named Terrence Aym takes some information he got from a "Mega Disasters" TV special on undersea methane bubbles and mixes it with comments about how there are "giant rifts" beneath the sea and an "information blackout." He proposes that a "twenty mile methane bubble" dislodged by the BP oil disaster will erupt from the ocean floor, causing tidal waves and giant explosions. The sad part about all this is that news organizations and blogs took the story seriously. While it's true that there are methane bubbles (and methane ice) beneath the ocean floor, they are not about to erupt from Gulf and destroy all life on Earth.
This morning I spoke with two Earth scientists, Dave Valentine of UC Santa Barbara and Chris Reddy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, who study methane and oil seeps from the sea floor. Valentine has just been out to the Gulf to study the methane levels there, and told io9:
Originally posted by justadood
reply to post by getreadyalready
So, basically you are saying that the information 'debunks' the more silly interpretations of the science, but doesnt actually disprove the possibility of a large amount of methane releasing and rising all at once?
Thats about how i read the OP article, at least.
Thanks for the replies.
Originally posted by Aeons
I always like it when the MSM or a paid group think tank "debunk" something partially. Pick one part and "disprove" that one thing and just present it like that is all there is to it.
[edit on 2010/7/13 by Aeons]