Mysterious Mass of Methane Over Four Corners, USA Being Investigated

Scientists now working to determine the source of the enormous accumulation.
Scientists now working to determine the source of the enormous accumulation.

Atmospheric scientists – who continue to be baffled as to its source – are now working to locate the origin of a very large mass of methane hovering over the Four Corners area of the southwestern United States. A report released last year revealed that the bubble is that country’s largest consolidation of greenhouse gases.

The study was released in conjunction with a satellite image showing the gas concentration. Four Corners is the only place in the U.S. where four states meet: Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. The heart of the methane concentration appears to be east of the actual Four Corners spot, approximately over Durango, Colorado.

Determining the source of the so-called methane hotspot could help reduce emissions of the gas, a key contributor to global warming. It is possible, of course, that the contents of the bubble could be sourced from various locations, not just one. Working together on the month-long study are atmospheric scientists from the University of Michigan, the University of Colorado,the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) .

Last year’s study from the University of Michigan and NASA was centered around images taken by a European satellite between 2003 and 2009. They clearly show a hot spot of methane in red – approximately half the size of Connecticut – over the region.

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SOURCE: National Monitor, Gregory Baskin

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