The Frozen Methane Bubbles of Lake Abraham
January 30, 2014 10:24 PM   Subscribe

Methane bubbles trapped in icy Lake Abraham, Canada make for spectacular photography.

See what happens when an ice methane bubble is punctured and lit.
posted by MoonOrb (14 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm assuming this is a beautiful harbinger of our eventual demise at the hands of mother nature?
posted by jacquilynne at 11:10 PM on January 30 [6 favorites]


I'm wondering the same thing. I'm reminded of that scene in Alien with all the eggs.
posted by Chutzler at 11:12 PM on January 30


Cool!
posted by trip and a half at 11:29 PM on January 30 [1 favorite]


The earth farts in your general direction.
posted by a non e mouse at 11:50 PM on January 30 [9 favorites]


I'm assuming this is a beautiful harbinger of our eventual demise at the hands of mother nature?

Nah, just make everyone carry a Zippo and we're good
posted by Hoopo at 12:08 AM on January 31


Spectacularly tiny thumbnails on the mobile site :[
posted by panaceanot at 12:15 AM on January 31


OMG! Now I SO want to visit a methane rich frozen lake resort in Canada where they let you, for a fee, of course, chuck incendiary hand grenades out onto the frozen lake.

Explosions and fire are about the only things that could make me forget about the cold.

Sure, I'd feel guilty, but it's not like humanity is ever going to stop the petrochemical companies and heavy industry from burning up all the subsurface fossil fuels. Clearly, short term profits are preferable to saving our irreplaceable ecosystem.

Humanity (and many other species) is/are screwed.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 1:19 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]


Methane hydrate as energy resource from 2000.
posted by bukvich at 5:44 AM on January 31 [1 favorite]


In other methane related news…
posted by TedW at 6:57 AM on January 31


So how long before the US invades Canada in order to spread freedom and protect these assets against unscrupulous exploitation?
posted by The Violet Cypher at 7:17 AM on January 31


Dude, this is like the worst bubble wrap EVER. (I really want to pop them.)
posted by Madamina at 9:06 AM on January 31


BOBA TEA OF THE ELDER GODS
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:12 AM on January 31


This isn't hydrates, it's just good old decaying plants (as the article says), same as swamp gas. Abraham Lake is artificial, flooded in the early 1970s to create a reservoir for the hydroelectric plant at Bighorn dam, so there's lots of dead trees on the bottom.

Lots more pictures here.
posted by bonehead at 9:44 AM on January 31 [3 favorites]


In other methane related news…

No I am not going to pull your finger
posted by Hoopo at 4:13 PM on January 31


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