Clathrates Impact on Global Warming

Natalie Vaillancourt

5 May 2008



Figure 1. Permafrost Defrosting (Nourse 2000)


Outlining the Problem

The increase in global temperatures is melting permafrost and releasing the methane gas housed in clathrates into the atmosphere. Even though climate change is a natural phenomenon, clathrates will accelerate global warming because of rapid surface temperature variations, which is evident from past ice core data.


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