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Sea floor uplift after last ice age causes methane release in the Arctic today

Hundreds of methane flares observed offshore Western Svalbard in the Arctic are caused by a process that started at the end of the last ice age, according to the study. The methane release happens because the gas is freed from melting hydrates – an icy substance found below the ocean floor, containing methane in a cage of frozen water.

Gas hydrates are formed under cold temperature and high pressure conditions beneath
the ocean…

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