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


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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  • bigmelo
    bigmeloFriday, March 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm
    I thought the effects of dry ice were cool, (no pun intended :D) but this is top notch! I mean, who wouldn't think this is hot? (no pun intended there, either :D) Brrr... :)
    • aphphilippines
      aphphilippinesFriday, March 6, 2015 at 9:29 am
      • bigmelo
        bigmeloFriday, March 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm
        I love that song! But I set fire to the rain, watched it pour as I touched your face. Well, it burned while I cried 'cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name! :D
      • arcee1
        arcee1Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:11 am
        that's asome man
        • mpatient17
          mpatient17Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:37 am
          • flabbr
            flabbrFriday, January 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm
            • mpatient17
              mpatient17Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:46 am
              • richardWednesday, December 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm
                cool :) best kind of fuel ever ! ! 0 l_________l
                • kimcardashionThursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:28 am
                  love it
                  • rex7827
                    rex7827Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:36 am
                    • rex7827
                      rex7827Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:37 am
                      this is pretty awsome'
                    • zuzu333
                      zuzu333Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm