Potential role of Arctic methane deposits in climate change
Ocean Literacy Principles:OLP#2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.
OLP#3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
OLP#6: The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
In this activity, students will be able to identify the natural processes that produce methane, describe where methane deposits are located in the Arctic region, explain how warmer climates may affect Arctic methane deposits, explain how the release of large volumes of methane might affect Earth’s climate, and describe how methane releases may have contributed to mass extinction events in Earth’s geologic history.
For more information:
View Related Ocean Media Content
Midwater Sea Jelly
Fragment of a European Bellarmine Jug
Podcast: Dr. Brian Huber on Building the Sant Ocean Hall
Early Eskimo Point
Arctic Cod Under Ice
Taking an Ice Sample
The Titanic Wrecksite
Counting the Ocean's Diversity
Lionfish on the Loose
Bow of an Icebreaker
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in Gulf of Mexico
The Hidden Ocean
Deep-Water Larvacean, or “Sea-Tadpole”
Building Good Mussels
Walrus Rests on Ice
Archaeological Site Map of Hare Harbor
Polar Bears: One Species at a Time
Staci DeSchryver, Jason Moeller, and Caitlin Fine participants in NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program
Harp Seal, Prince Edward Island National Park, Canada
Fragile Comb Jelly
A Mississippian Marine Habitat (359 - 318 Million Years Ago)
Sea Star on Coral at Seamount