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Unexpected natural source of greenhouse gases!

Jan 31, 2020 17:24 IST

According to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, the Red Sea has been found to be an unexpected natural source of greenhouse gases. The study has found that ethane and propane levels are 40 times higher than predicted in the Red Sea. Shockingly, the amount of gases that are being released by the seabed are comparable to emissions released by a Middle Eastern country. Emission bursts are occurring possibly due to tectonic and seismic movements in the seabed, according to the report. The Red Sea releases about 2,20,000 tonnes of naturally occurring hydrocarbon gases annually.