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Tiny U.s. Region Is Methane 'hot Spot,' Nasa Finds

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Methane hot spot

This map shows anomalous U.S. methane emissions (or how much the emissions differ from average background concentrations) for 2003 to 2009, as measured by the European Space Agency's SCIAMACHY instrument. Purple and dark blue areas are below average. Pale

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan

One small "hot spot" in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States—more than triple a standard ground-based estimate—according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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