Fun with Methanogenesis

Methane is a natural byproduct of microbial decomposition.  In lakes, methane accumulates in sediments, especially in the absence of strong disturbance or mixing at the water-sediment interface.  Strong disturbance (e.g. fall turnover or poking the sediment with a long stick) may result in dramatic release of the trapped methane… especially in the presence of a flame, as you can see below.  Do not try this at home.

 

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