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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Guitarzan, Jun 11, 2019.
Roll it up & smoke it as the elixir of life
people in the La Brea area are reporting hissing and smelling Methane near the liquid tar flow.
Now Methane is odorless, thats why they put sulfur compounds in it, so you can smell a leak and deal with it before you blow up real good.
so the question is. 1. what are they actually smelling?
2. is anyone measuring the concentration?(ppm)
3. how long before some bonehead lights a match to see if its flammable?
for extra points, gravity pulls things towards the center of the earth, to overcome gravity requires pressure. What is pressurizing the tar and gases causing them to escape to the surface?
could it be subsurface friction of rock pushing against rock, squeezing all the material out? when the tar and gas is gone, how will the pressure be releived?
Inquiring minds want to know...
Properly refined gas is odorless and they add the skunklike smell of mercaptan in it. But raw methane sulfur and other things with it and can in fact smell, and it is particularly true for associated gas and dissolved gas. The stuff coming out of the tar pits is almost certainly not a pure methane gas.
Consider sewer gas, it is a form of methane that stinks. The gas coming off landfills that is burned for electricity production often stinks as well, and it is so harsh that turbines do not run well on it and the operators often use reciprocating piston generators.
Danger Will Robinson!
Everybody freak out!
People will not be glib or flippant if the big one follows all the rumblings and tar seepage.
Are the "experts" saying that it is from man-made climate change yet?