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End Of The World? Climate Change Could Cause Release Of 3.5 Percent Of Global Methane Deposits By 2100

Update Date: Mar 07, 2017 07:20 AM EST

It is still highly debatable whether climate change and its effects can bring about the end of the world. However, it is still quite alarming the possible things that could happen when the planet experiences the full extent of climate change. And these experiences as findings of numerous studies have shown the almost Armageddon-like outcome of the planet.

Fueling fears of the end of the world, a study recently found that due to climate change, there is a big possibility that it will cause the release of 3.5 percent of global methane deposits by 2100.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute, found due to the warming of waters caused by climate change, it will lead to the melting of the deposits of methane hydrate. To be exact, the researchers believe it will lead to the release of 3.5 percent of the world's methane hydrate deposits.

This is equivalent to approximately sixty million tons of carbon being released into the atmosphere. And as both carbon and methane are a known greenhouse gasses, the release of these unprecedented amounts to the planet's atmosphere could very likely spell doom for the planet Earth.

The details of the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, has also helped prove through simulation the integral role of osmosis, specifically osmosis pump, as one of the mechanisms that will make the melting of the methane hydrate deposits possible. Moreover, the study also highlights the consequences of under-studying the effect of climate change on the world's methane hydrate deposits.

According to the researchers, methane can be usually found within the lower rock layers that emerge in seas and oceans. These methane hydrate deposits are solid in state and can be found abundantly in the seabed.

The study emphasizes the need to focus on better understanding the mechanisms besides climate change in how these methane hydrate deposits can be melted and therefore released into the atmosphere.

Already, the researchers have already seen the work of fluid dynamics of submarine seeps and mud volcanoes that contribute to the increased release of methane from the seabed.

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