marsh gas

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marsh gas methane gas produced when vegetation decomposes in water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Marsh gas (Chem) a light, combustible, gaseous hydrocarbon, CH4, produced artificially by the dry distillation of many organic substances, and occurring as a natural product of decomposition in stagnant pools, whence its name. It is an abundant ingredient of ordinary illuminating gas, and is the first member of the paraffin series. Called also methane, and in coal mines, fire damp.
    • Marsh gas (Chem) See under Gas.
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Usage

In literature:

Fire-damp, marsh-gas, or carburetted hydrogen, is colorless, almost scentless; it burns with a blue flame, and makes respiration impossible.
"The Underground City" by Jules Verne
Hydrogen, oxygen, carbonic oxide, marsh-gas, nitrogen, and sulphureted hydrogen, were without effect on the bacteria.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 288" by Various
Chiefly marsh-gas with ethane and some carbonic acid.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885" by Various
Strictly speaking, marsh gas should be separately determined.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884." by Various
Here goes: marsh gas, or methane as it is sometimes called, is the first of the group of hydrocarbons known as paraffins.
"The Riddle of the Frozen Flame" by Mary E. Hanshew
At the end of the New-Cut stands the Marsh-gate, which, at night, is all gas and ghastliness, dirt and dazzle, blackguardism and brilliancy.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
The composition of marsh gas is very simple.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 717, September 28, 1889" by Various
Methane is known as marsh gas, Foster.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
With one atom of carbon united with four atoms of hydrogen she spells marsh gas; and so on.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
This gas is called marsh gas.
"Lessons on Soil" by E. J. Russell
Marsh-gas from farmyard manure, 258.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Marsh gas was rising all the time.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
That's really methane, marsh gas, the same stuff that makes the will-o'-the-wisp you can see dancing around over a marsh.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Marsh gas, whose feeble flame above decaying vegetation is the will-o'-the-wisp of swamps, is an example.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
A similar relation holds good between marsh gas and olefiant gas (ethylene).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
It contains twice as much carbon, combined with only the same quantity of hydrogen, as is contained in marsh gas.
"Gas Burners" by Owen Merriman
Another loss is effected by the combination of hydrogen and carbon, forming marsh gas.
"A Report on Washington Territory" by William Henry Ruffner
Marsh gas, 126, 163, 182.
"An Introduction to the History of Science" by Walter Libby
But it was only the marsh gas escaping with a sound like a low chuckle.
"Barbara Lynn" by Emily J. Jenkinson
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In news:

A protective awning is shown collapsed at the Marathon gas station at Haslett Road and Marsh Road in Haslett, Mich.
Artist Jennifer Marsh, the founder of the International Fiber Collaborative, has wrapped an empty gas station at Nottingham Road and East Colvin Street in Syracuse, in a collection of squares.
Adding insult to the Gulf's injury, an oil platform hit by a tugboat early Tuesday is now spewing oil and natural gas near a Louisiana marsh area.
Adding insult to the Gulf's injury, an oil platform hit by a tug boat is now spewing oil and natural gas near a Louisiana marsh area, officials said Tuesday.
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In science:

On closer inspection, these lines exhibited a double-peaked shape that is the hallmark of gas rotating within an accretion disk (Horne and Marsh 1986).
Gaseous Debris Disks around White Dwarfs
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