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Marine biogeochemistry

Arctic shelf methane sounds alarm

Large quantities of methane lie trapped beneath the floor of the Arctic Ocean. Measurements in the southern Laptev Sea around the Lena River delta suggest that bubbles and storms facilitate the flux of some of this submarine methane to the atmosphere.

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Figure 1: Measuring methane in the southern Laptev Sea.

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Brewer, P. Arctic shelf methane sounds alarm. Nature Geosci 7, 6–7 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2051

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