Thursday April 13, 2017
Are there really 7,000 Siberian methane bubbles ready to explode?
more stories from this episode
- Bad Vibes: How shaking buildings could be making you sick
- Pulling water from desert air, just like Star Wars predicted
- A new approach to Canadian science funding?
- Are there really 7,000 Siberian methane bubbles ready to explode?
- Scratches show earliest evidence of right-handedness
- Quirks & Questions: How can I guarantee I'll become a fossil after I die?
- Full Episode
There's been a lot of spooky news — some true, some not — coming out of Siberia lately about its melting permafrost. First came reports of giant erupting craters caused by a build up a methane.
Then came questionable stories of 7,000 pingos — swollen mounds of earth in Siberia — that could explode at any minute. There are also supposedly 200 lakes in the area bubbling with methane.
What can't be disputed is that scientists working there have noticed major changes.
Dorothee Ehric was in Siberia when she came across a patch of land that acted more like she was walking on a waterbed than frozen ground.
Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky is a professor of geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks who's studied the permafrost. He says the reality is a little more nuanced.
- 7,000 underground gas bubbles poised to 'explode' in Arctic (Just one of dubious reports we clarify in our interview)
- Climate-driven thaw of permafrost preserved glacial landscapes, northwestern Canada
- Arctic researcher says White House is deleting her citations
- How to convince a conservative climate change skeptic
- How can Canada fulfil its climate commitment?