China produces gas from flammable ice under South China Sea

Why in news ? China has successfully produced natural gas from methane hydrate, also known as flammable ice, in an experimental project in the South China Sea. What is flammable ice ? Also called methane hydrate or Methane clathrates or gas hydrate, is a solid  in which a large amount of methane is trapped within a crystal structure of water, forming a solid similar… Read More China produces gas from flammable ice under South China Sea

Ice-free areas of Antarctica to increase by 2100

In News Ice free areas may increase in Antarctica by 25% due to climate change, leading to drastic changes in the continent’s biodiversity, a study warns. About the Study Researchers, including those from University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia, investigated how ice-free areas in Antarctica may be affected by climate change. Melting ice could create… Read More Ice-free areas of Antarctica to increase by 2100

Depression in Bay of Bengal turns into tropical cyclone ‘Maarutha’

The depression over East-central Bay of Bengal has turned into the tropical cyclone ‘Maarutha’. About Maarutha Path of tropical cyclone Maarutha. (weather.com) Tropical Cyclone Maarutha has made landfall in Myanmar. Heavy rainfall continues to be the main threat, which could cause flooding in that country. Maarutha is the first named storm of the 2017 Northern Hemisphere tropical cyclone… Read More Depression in Bay of Bengal turns into tropical cyclone ‘Maarutha’