- Sep 2015
- Brown Township, Ohio
I will somewhat dispute the last part of your post. Fracking has increased the amount of methane produced, but not really the amount being lost to atmosphere, or at least not significantly. Plus, methane is photochemically oxidized in the atmosphere. Though this of course produces CO2.
Hydrates do not have a liquid form under atmosthere b
But methane is a very large potential problem, just not from fracking. There are huge reservoirs of methane tied up as hydrates in the arctic and antarctic as well as on the ocean floor essentially world-wide. These hydrates become unstable and fall apart, releasing the methane as they are warmed. And it is this feedback mechanism that is particularly scary as the poles and the oceans warm.
Though the methane is oxidized in the atmpsphere, it is a relatively slow process, and this isn't strictly correct but it has an approximate half-life of 10 years. So any sudden influx of methane would have a long lasting effect. [/Soapbox]
Hydrates cause the Bermuda Triangle.