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  • Ok.

  • Below freezing waters?

  • Check.

  • Insulated swimsuit?

  • Hey, wait.

  • What are you doing?

  • Ok, smart guy,

  • but what if

  • you jumped into a pool of liquid methane?

  • Maybe you can handle

  • diving into icy cold water,

  • but hold off on jumping into this lake.

  • It's not as harmless as it looks.

  • Beneath this sheet of ice lies methane gas.

  • But it may not stay there long.

  • Known as thermokarst lakes,

  • these bodies of water

  • emit the greenhouse gas

  • during the summer

  • and trap it underneath

  • the frozen water in the winter.

  • Remnants of the Ice Age,

  • these pockets of methane

  • are released by permafrost thawing,

  • brought on by global warming.

  • So, these lakes

  • are freshwater mixed with methane.

  • But if you dipped your toes

  • into liquid methane,

  • As usual, let's set the scene.

  • You won't stumble across

  • any methane pools unless

  • you're on Saturn's moon, Titan.

  • But if you were to make

  • a pool for liquid methane,

  • the temperature would need

  • to be well below freezing.

  • First,

  • you'd need a large indoor pool area,

  • where you can control the ventilation

  • and the temperature.

  • After all,

  • our planet has never been colder

  • To turn methane gas into a liquid,

  • you'd have to cool it,

  • and everything around it,

  • And if it gets warmer,

  • it will turn from non-flammable

  • liquid methane into a time bomb.

  • Remember,

  • methane is one carbon atom

  • and four hydrogen atoms.

  • And methane is the main ingredient

  • in natural gas,

  • which many people

  • use to heat their homes.

  • You'd need to create a way

  • to safely burn off the methane gas

  • escaping from your pool.

  • If you didn't,

  • you'd release more greenhouse gas

  • into the atmosphere.

  • So, assuming you cooled

  • the methane just enough

  • to keep it liquid,

  • If you're planning to dog paddle

  • through liquid methane,

  • you're going to need

  • a solid workout plan.

  • You're going to need Fitbod.

  • With its ability to create

  • a customizable fitness program,

  • Fitbod is the app

  • that keeps adapting to you

  • and your changing fitness levels.

  • Since I'm getting ready to swim

  • a few laps in liquid methane,

  • I'm going to work on my core.

  • And Fitbod gives me options

  • that keep my workouts fresh

  • and varied.

  • It's like having

  • an in-home personal trainer.

  • By analyzing algorithmic data,

  • Fitbox is scientifically proven

  • to make each workout

  • better than the last.

  • And you don't need equipment,

  • or even more than 3 days a week

  • o start seeing results.

  • Starting at only $9.99 a month,

  • Fitbod is your first step to achieving

  • your fitness goals,

  • whether you're at home

  • or on the run.

  • Build the momentum you need

  • to carry your fitness journey

  • through the rest of the year with Fitbod.

  • Because if I'm not working

  • on the muscles responsible

  • for my legendary breaststroke,

  • I'm not making it out of this liquid.

  • When you make that jump

  • one thing is certain.

  • You're going to sink,

  • and probably fast.

  • With its low viscosity,

  • or, uh, gooiness,

  • and low surface tension,

  • even the smallest bug

  • would fall right through

  • the surface of liquid methane.

  • And liquid methane has low density.

  • So as you swim,

  • every stroke will have less force

  • than if you were treading water.

  • If you want to practice beforehand,

  • you could try jumping

  • into a thermokarst lake.

  • But even that

  • won't prepare you for the dark cold

  • of a methane pool.

  • If you're determined to do this,

  • you're going to need

  • some serious protection.

  • You'll risk permanent injury

  • or even dying

  • from the extreme cold temperature.

  • Frostbite starts at temperatures

  • below 0 °C (32 °F).

  • Depending on wind conditions,

  • it can occur in about five minutes.

  • And,

  • if your eyes aren't carefully protected,

  • you could get corneal frostbite.

  • Just imagine two ice cubes

  • where your eyes used to be.

  • And you're not going to want

  • the liquid methane

  • near your face either,

  • although methane isn't toxic.

  • But a high concentration

  • of methane gas

  • can displace all the oxygen around.

  • So just a small mouthful

  • of liquid methane thawing out

  • inside your lungs

  • could suffocate you to death.

  • This gas isn't something to be taken lightly.

  • Did I mention that methane gas

  • is 84 times more potent

  • than carbon dioxide?

  • And that a study by

  • the Environmental Defense Fund

  • found that

  • In nature, methane gas has no odor.

  • To alert us to this dangerous gas,

  • mercaptan is mixed with methane,

  • giving it the "fragrant scent"

  • we all know and love.

  • So while you might suffocate,

  • freeze, or sink in liquid methane,

  • at least what the rescuers find,

  • whatever's left of you,

  • won't reek too bad.

  • But the same wouldn't be true

  • if you were fall into something else.

  • Like what if you fell

  • into a pool full of saliva?

  • Blech.

  • Oh geez, really?

  • Well, that's a story for another WHAT IF.

Ok.

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What If You Jumped Into a Pool of Liquid Methane?

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    alean posted on 2021/03/28
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