'Burning Ice' - The Answer to Our Energy Needs?

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Imagine lighting fire to a hard-packed snowball to get warm! While that may sound impossible, Tim Collett, a research geologist from Denver, Colorado seems to think it is not only possible, but that it may be the best way to produce clean energy in the future.

However, the ice in question is not just any ice, but a special kind that has methane gas molecules locked inside it. As a result, the cloudy-looking ice particles burn, when they come in contact with a match.

'Burning ice' was discovered over a decade ago and can be found in abundance in the Arctic region, as well as, in marine sediments on the floor of the oceans. However, it is only recently that scientists have started to examine it as a source for alternative green energy.

Some scientists believe that the methane hydrates will provide a cleaner, less polluting source of energy, as compared to current fuels. Others are nervous that the frozen methane may become unstable during mining or transportation, which would result in the release of a gas that is ten times worse than carbon dioxide.

Nobody knows what the outcome will be, and it may take a few years of testing before 'burning ice' becomes a reality. But if scientists can figure it out, it will be a great green energy alternative. Also, it would be cool to have things powered by these strange, ice-like nuggets wouldn't it?

sources: news.thomasnet.com, wikipedia.com, impactlab.com, dailymail.co.uk

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134 Comments
  • philWednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:38 am
    that looks so dangerous
    • puglover321
      puglover321Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm
      wouldn't the ice just melt?
      • hey_itz_marilyn
        hey_itz_marilynMonday, December 5, 2016 at 11:01 am
        That is awesome
        • studentMonday, November 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm
          this so cool
          • snowleopards Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:27 pm
            cool
            • ???snivy???Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:39 am
              snivy has got a good plan.
              • toojealous
                toojealousTuesday, February 16, 2016 at 5:52 pm
                That looks and sounds very cool
                • artic123Monday, May 11, 2015 at 3:47 pm
                  Awesome, cool, the best
                  • fire_kitten13
                    fire_kitten13Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:26 pm
                    cool
                    • animefan3
                      animefan3Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm
                      Whoa awesome fire