Eerily Stunning Photos of Highly Dangerous, Flammable Ice Bubbles

Sometimes the most quietly beautiful things can be the most dangerous. That’s the case with the flammable ice-covered methane bubbles trapped under Alberta’s Lake Abraham.
 

To the unknowing eye, the frozen bubbles look like harmless, gorgeous winter gems suspended in time.

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Once you know how dangerous those ice bubbles can be, though, the photos become a little more eerie.

No, you’re not dreaming. The gorgeous Abraham Lake.πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž #OffTheBucketList #ExploreAlberta #ExploreCanada #RoadTrip2017 #MethaneBubbles β„οΈπŸ—ΊπŸš™πŸž

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The white dots are actually frozen methane bubbles. They start to form when the bacteria at the bottom of the lake eats the debris that has fallen into the lake from land, like dead critters or leaves. After their snack, they poop out methane, which starts to rise to the top of the lake.
 

Once it nears the top of the frozen lake, it, too, freezes, forming the chilling white blobs in the photo.

Highly Flammable Nature wonder but dangerous playground. Here is another image of methane bubbles in Abraham Lake taken early this year. Finally got a decent shot of sunrise in this location for over 2 years photographing in this location. Last year i travel 3 times and 2 time this year and finally got a decent image of a sunrise that i really want it. Driving 184km one way one snow covered road of Icefield Parkway, walk on icy floor, fight for the strong wind gust and experience the epic sunrise. They said if you want an epic photo then go with the epic people. #abrahamlake #alberta #canada #canadaday #canadianrockies #canadiancreatives #cangeoshare #methanebubbles #travelalberta #mybanff #nature #natgeotravel #natgeoyourshot #formatthitech #lowepro #benro #lowepro #nikon #nikond800 #banfflandscapephotographer #filipinolandscapephotographer #vimff2018

228 Likes, 19 Comments – Sherwin Calaluan (@sksherwin) on Instagram: “Highly Flammable Nature wonder but dangerous playground. Here is another image of methane bubbles…”


 
Frozen and underwater, the bubbles don’t pose a threat. But methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that could cause serious harm if someone were to fall in, crack the ice and release it.
 

And if you light a match near those flammable bubbles?Β Well, let’s just say you might want to have the local fire station on speed dial.

Fun with burning methane on a lake First experiment

I have made a video of my first trial to burn gas accumulated under the ice, and to make coffee on the flame. I had to use matches because my lighters were empty. As can be seen, was i little nervous the methanegas was mixed with oxygen and could.explode when it catched fire….


 
Despite the dangers, the Canadian lake has become a tourist destination.
 

It’s especially popular among nature photographers who want to capture the otherworldly beauty of the frozen methane bubbles.

#Repost @wowchitect with @repostapp ・・・ This is a serious one peeps. Have you ever heard of the ARCTIC METHANE TIME BOMB? If not, you might want to google it. It might very well take the life of your children and grandchildren. That’s not fear-mongering. It’s science. You can look it up. Here’s the deal. Permafrost – earth that has been frozen for at least two years – makes up 24% of the Northern Hemisphere, mostly in Alaska, Siberia and under the Arctic ocean. It contains massive amounts of greenhouse gasses such as carbon and methane. Methane is about 20 times more powerful than carbon in causing global warming. The good news is that the permafrost keeps the methane frozen and renders it harmless. The bad news is that due to global warming, which has been taking place at a faster rate in the Arctic than elsewhere, the planet’s permafrost has begun to melt, releasing methane into the atmosphere. In fact, spikes in Arctic methane levels in recent years have been unprecedented. This is especially true in Siberia where methane has been bubbling up into lakes from melting permafrost. Now here’s the really disastrous news. It’s a vicious cycle: as the planet warms, permafrost melts, which causes the planet to warm faster, which releases methane faster…. Here’s something else to think about: 250 million years ago, during a period called “The Great Dying”, massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia raised the planet’s temperature by six degrees Celsius. This caused the release of enough methane to cause temperatures to skyrocket and kill off 90% of the Earth’s species. Oh, and have a nice day. (Image via ClimateState) #methane#methanebubbles#methanephotography#climatechange #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #globalwarmingisreal #volcanic #arctic #alaska #canada #siberia #carbon #greenhouse #greenhousegases #timebomb #science #permafrost #bubbling #viciouscycle #permian #extinctionisforever

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While some of the most striking photos may come from there, though, it’s unfortunately not the only place these methane bubbles are forming. Climate change is causing layers of permafrost in the Arctic to melt.

Many scientists are worried that melting could defrost organic material that could lead to methane and other greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide being released. Scientists are trying to get a better idea of how much that could accelerate climate change.
 

Better get up to Canada and capture some #methanebubbles before the greenhouse gases get us all.

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182 Likes, 19 Comments – Sherwin Calaluan (@sksherwin) on Instagram: “Methane Bubbles in Kananaskis #engadinelodge #kananaskis #canmorekananaskis…”