Hydrate Melt Event BP 55 mil years
- View SourceEarth 's ancient heat wave gives a taste of things to come
"IT 'S a nightmare scenario - slowly rising sea temperatures trigger
the release of massive amounts of methane that dramatically amplify
the greenhouse effect, causing runaway global warming. Hopefully it
won 't happen, but if it does it won 't be the first time. This exact
chain of events was played out 55 million years ago.
Tremendous amounts of the powerful greenhouse gas methane are stored
in icy hydrates under the seabed and in permafrost. The total amount
of carbon in the hydrates is an estimated 10,000 gigatonnes, twice
that in the reserves of all other fossil fuels combined and more than
enough to dwarf the 750 gigatonnes of carbon in the atmosphere as
If today 's warming continues and deep-sea temperatures cross the
threshold at which methane hydrates melt, huge amounts of methane
could be released, triggering drastic global warming. It isn 't known
how likely this is, but researchers have shown that something similar
happened at the end of the Palaeocene epoch. Fifty-five million years
ago, a gradual warming of the oceans preceded a dramatic shift in
carbon isotope ratios and a steep jump in water temperatures -
precisely the pattern expected if gradual warming melted the hydrate
reserves. Looking at what happened in the Palaeocene helps to answer
two crucial questions : how much of the methane can be released at
once, and how that would affect climate."
The taste of what is to come is on billion year timescales . . . a
red sun and boiled oceans. This gets back to Carl Sagan's mystery and
the ever lumenous sun--and how the biosphere leaves all the clues we
really need to see that it is all electrical, baby.
Picture a living earth which has adapted to climate--but the sun is
getting more lumenous. It reaches an unstable point where the oceans
warm enough to melt the hydrates. Understand that the cirrus clouds
cause a retention of heat, and the biosphere has up to this point
enhanced that effect--the cirrus, by EMFs, either by increasing the
insulation or the conductivity of a carrior of large scale low freq
waves of EMF which travel from ground and ocean to cloud and then to
ionosphere and back (Doran waves). Doran waves are powered by
convection and the sun.
The dynamic is HIGHLY tuned because minute changes in CO2 vary rain's
conductivity and hence the whole global circuit. This changes how
hydrology is fed back and how more Co2 might be produced by erosion
Hence, a melting of hydrates is going to have an immediate impact in
that not just is there an issue of CO2 as a green house gas--but also
EMF insulation of hydrates goes. That means things should cool down.
BUT, the plankton goes, too, indicating that things are so warm there
is no upwelling--that should cool things down too.
From the same link:
"The drastic changes were bad news for deep-sea plankton, which
suffered widespread extinction. But the rise in temperature benefited
mammals, which evolved into new forms and spread around the globe. "
Mammels were evolved in the context of LESS modulation of a specific
regions climate. Put another way--reptiles as cold blooded really
serve Gaia in the sense that they are only active with warmer weather-
-which confines their range to places where their "droppings" remain
in the hydrology and therefore the biology.
While such a melt even cause huge super sonic tropical storms?
As far as big huricanes are concerneed--there is a real problem
because big TS are electrical. Just because SSTs are warm doesn't
mean that they are powerful in a linear model. To the contrary, it is
my view that as waters get warm enough they are so conductive that
they become quickly associated with the instabilities that are
requred to be modulated--electrical in nature.
Indeed, what may have caused the event 55 million years ago could
have been electrical , too from space.