'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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  • hiMonday, October 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm
    holy moly that is incredeblely fascinating. go burning ice
    • hiThursday, September 25, 2014 at 5:09 am
      • meThursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:42 am
        sounds dangerous
        • taylorl8
          taylorl8Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 3:27 am
          That is sooooo awesome!!
          • cate12
            cate12Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:13 am
            so epic, the fire explouded
            • kailyn16
              kailyn16Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:13 am
              HOW CN YOU BURN ICE!?!THATS CRAZY!?! If I burned ice and saw it with my own eyes I would freak and probly non of my friends would bellive me they would think im crazy and I would have to see a doctor and get medicine and I would prove it to them and they would see I wasn't liying
              • hannah14
                hannah14Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11:43 am
                MELTING ICE IS CRAZY
              • cate12
                cate12Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:09 am
                it looks so cool and im learning about it in school
                • Austin moon Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:20 am
                  All you are cool and so is this article
                  • NameTuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:57 am
                    That is so cool
                    • SupTuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:56 am
                      That is so epic