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Lake Baikal: Fire and Ice

..., a lot of travelers saw emissions of natural gas along the entire coast of Lake Baikal. In 1868, the Imperial Geographical Society even organized a special expedition to study this phenomenon. According to recent data, the total amount of dissolved methane in the lake is more than 800 tons. To maintain this concentration, about 80 tons of gas must come into the lake each year (Granin et al. , 2013). Moreover, Lake Baikal is the only freshwater body with enormous confirmed deposits of gas hydrates ...

Modified: 20.02.2017
gas hydrates , methane , Baikal , Lake Baikal , methanotrophs , mud volcanoes
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Gas Hydrates in a Freshwater "Ocean"

... Sciences in Biology, senior researcher, Laboratory of Microbiology, Limnological Institute SB RAS; Nikolay G. Granin (Irkutsk, Russia), Candidate of Sciences in Geography, Head of Laboratory of Hydrology and Hydrophysics, Limnological Institute SB RAS Methane in a ‘cage’ Gas hydrates that might appear at first sight to be simply muddy pieces of ice actually are solid mixtures of gases and water, in which the gas molecules are trapped within a framework of cages of water molecules. Each volume of ...

Modified: 30.09.2004
methane , gas hydrates , water , Lake Baikal , volcanos , sediments , mud , water quality
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