This one U.S. hotspot produces the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane


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taco bell headquarters


#3

My bet’s on a massive cattle farm. Methane seeps out of every bovine orifice.


#4

It’s the oil fields. The other big hotspot in California is the oil fields that are west of Bakersfield. That big hot spot at the four corners is a massive unending oil field around a few major reservations. Beautiful area… lots of oil.


#5

Unlikely - this is not really prime cattle country, I’d expect to see bigger concentrations in the feedlots near Greely, CO, and in KS and TX.

I wonder if it’s a natural source because the geology of that area is quite complex. Fascinating.


#6

You can see the wells quite easily.


#7

It’s kinda hard to tell, but it’s right near the region containing the Grand Canyon, the Vermillion Cliffs national monument, and the Kaibab Reservation.


#8

Where the heck is the rest of the map? Why only show us North America?


#9

It looks close to here.

Waterflow lies between two coal-fired power plants and southwest of a large coal mine.[8][9] The area also has many oil wells.


#10

That’s coming from the Lewis and Mancos Shale formation. Heavy oil and natural gas production there.


#11

For some reason the Boing Boing summary doesn’t mention the apparent cause of the high methane emissions concentrated in this area. The answer, from the linked article: leaks in natural gas production and processing equipment in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.


#12

Qué? 


#13

Are there other important places? We didn’t go over that in high school.


#14

There be dragons.


#15

I’m wondering if that was edited in after the original post. Did Not RTFA is a common problem, but there usually aren’t quite so many people wildly speculating about a question that was answered in the second paragraph.


#16

But speculating is most of the fun!

I don’t remember the cause being mentioned originally, but I have been known to skip entire paragraphs before.


#17

I read it 33m after @slauson did. So if edited, it took a while.


#18

A global view helps put things into perspective.


#19

Good link for tons of other sat images of methane concentration:

http://www.iup.uni-bremen.de/sciamachy/NIR_NADIR_WFM_DOAS/wfmd_image_gallery_ch4.html


#20

Not all American methane producers, eh?