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Research article
21 May 2015
Research article |  | 21 May 2015

A model of the methane cycle, permafrost, and hydrology of the Siberian continental margin

D. Archer

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Methane hydrate may be stable at the base of the permafrost zone in sediments of the Siberian continental margin, but the sediments' depth below the sea floor precludes a fast response time (order 1-10 years) that would be required for the released methane to have a significant impact on the near-term evolution of Earth's climate. However, the Arctic could amplify anthropogenic climate change by releasing carbon on timescales of centuries or millennia.
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