methane clathrate

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methane clathrate

A potential source of clean fuel formed when methane produced by bacteria on the ocean floor dissolve and crystallise. While methane clathrate deposits are thought to represent 2–10 times the volume of natural gas, extraction with current technologies is not seen as commercially viable.
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The south polar cap that appears to have a pink tint to it is likely methane ice, (https://images.
The addition of nitrogen and methane ice spotted on the surface of the tiny world may also help keep the water warm.
Naturally, one then would ask, "Can pure methane ice support such steep structures under Pluto's gravity and surface temperature conditions over geologic time?
Contrary to previous belief that Pluto is a barren, frozen land far, far away without any atmosphere, Pluto is actually much lighter, mostly being a mass of frozen methane ice.
Slight warming of the water above these deposits is all it takes to melt the methane ice and release the stored methane--a powerful greenhouse gas with 82 times the global warming impact of carbon dioxide over a 25-year period.
While Uranus and Neptune are mostly composed of hydrogen and helium, they both contain significant amounts of methane ice, which gives them their bluish appearance.
And probably some methane ice and carbon dioxide ice, with a little rock thrown in.
The images reveal pinkish high-altitude clouds composed of methane ice crystals in the northern and southern hemispheres.
It is assumed that plant outputs are used to satisfy domestic electrical users and to feed methane ICE.
The colour is believed to be a result of ultraviolet radiation from the Sun breaking up methane ice present on Pluto's surface, leaving behind a dark and red-carbon-rich residue.
Methane ice suggests a primitive surface unheated by the Sun since the solar system formed.