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Antarctic may host methane stores

August 30, 2012

Full Article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19410444

Large volumes of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – could be locked beneath the ice-covered regions of Antarctica, according to a new study.

It says this methane could be released into the atmosphere as ice retreats, contributing to climate warming.

The findings indicate that ancient deposits of organic matter may have been converted to methane by microbes under the ice.

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The authors say that the predicted shallow depth of these methane reserves means
that they could be destabilised by climate change, and might act as a positive
feedback on global warming.

Full Article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19410444

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