The Role of Chemistry in History

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How Methane Affects History

April 30th, 2008 · 7 Comments ·

IntroductionThe DiscoveryLocations where Methane is FoundBasic ScienceHow Methane Affects HistoryHow History Affects Methane


greenhouse-effect.jpg Methane (CH4) is a principal component of natural gas. It is also formed and released to the atmosphere by biological processes occurring in anaerobic environments. Once in the atmosphere, methane absorbs terrestrial infrared radiation that would otherwise escape to space. This property can contribute to the warming of the atmosphere, which is why methane is a greenhouse gas.

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