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Good news, everyone!

If this turns out to have any validity, we won't have to worry about peak oil, economic decline, overpopulation, or anything at all.
Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions.

251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on Earth. Experts agree that what is known as the Permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the history of the world.

55 million years later another methane bubble ruptured causing more mass extinctions during the Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum (LPTM).

The LPTM lasted 100,000 years.

Those subterranean seas of methane virtually reshaped the planet when they explosively blew from deep beneath the waters of what is today called the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, worried scientists are increasingly concerned the same series of catastrophic events that led to worldwide death back then may be happening again-and no known technology can stop it.

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sunfell
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Happily, a good deal of that doomsday story has been debunked:

http://io9.com/5585294/methane-bubble-doomsday-story-debunked

kmo
Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Super-Mega Doom
The funny thing about this article is that, to the extent that I take it seriously, I feel relieved. Being reduced to the existence that Cormac McCarthy described in the road is terrifying, but the prospect of dying in an instant when the world goes up in flames doesn't bother me in the least. It's about as frightening as the universe blinking out of existence. Nothing I can do about it, and I won't have any time to suffer over it or mull over any regrets. It simply holds out the prospect of instantaneous transcendence of all mundane cares.

Here's the bit I liked best from the article you linked to: after detailing why there is no danger of a single super-methane eruption destroying the world sometime in the next six months, the author writes, "So the BP oil spill isn't going to end the world - it's just going to kill a lot of ocean life. And already-existing methane seeps may be doing slow, deadly damage to our climate. All this makes it even more obvious that we need to invest in alternate forms of energy. But who wants to hear difficult, complicated pieces of information, when we could just be screaming about doomsday?"

Edited at 2010-07-22 08:32 pm (UTC)
sunfell
Jul. 23rd, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Re: Super-Mega Doom
I don't know why, and I might be nuts, but the phrase 'super mega-doom' makes me laugh like a drain.

Shame on me.
peristaltor
Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Re: Super-Mega Doom
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Giggle before Zod!
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