Natural Gas Underground As Traps


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When you dig deep down under the ground, there's a huge chance that you will encounter "natural form of gas" which are produced by the "fossil fuels". These fossil fuels are actually the decayed remains of plants and animals processed for over a thousand years. And according to science, these gas are mainly made out of hydrocarbon composition primarily "methane gas".

Some of you my fellow treasure hunters does often encounter methane gas especially when you have dug a very deep depth of hole. It is actually natural to encounter this form of gas but it is also possible that it was setup by the Japanese Imperial Army as a form of trap.

Gold miners also often encounter this form of gas but through their experiences, they already know how to deal with it.

Is methane gas dangerous and toxic?

Methane gas is highly dangerous especially at an area where there's a very high level of concentration. Anyone can easily tell a highly concentrated level of methane gas from the strong unpleasant odor of the gas similar to the smell of a "rotten egg". The danger is that, the methane gas may get ignited out from the small sparks generated by the impact of your manual tools particularly when hitting a very hard rock. If this happens, the methane gas may cause powerful explosion.

When it comes to toxicity, methane gas is actually non-toxic however, it is an "asphyxiant" which means that it can displace the oxygen within your body making you unable to breath. Many treasure hunters have already fallen victim on this kind of condition which took their lives.

Is There a Tool that can Detect the Presence of Methane Gas?



Your metal detector won't be able to detect methane gas but a dowsing tool might. Honestly, it is hard to detect this form of gas unless you reached the portion underground where there's a presence of high level methane gas. But if that happens, you may not be able to escape where you may end up dying from asphyxiation.

The best method to detect presence of methane gas is through observation of these following symptoms:

1. Headaches
2. Dizziness
3. Fatigue
4. Confusion
5. Stomach Pains
6. Difficulty of Breathing

If it happens that your diggers experiences those symptoms, it means that they are getting closer to a portion where there's a high level of methane gas concentration. Thus, you should stop and make the necessary preparations before you intend to proceed.

Confirming the Odor if its Toxic or Not



I've been receiving several comments about various forms of odors they encountered under the ground. Some says that the odor smells like a dead rat or rotten egg. While others experiences smelling something sweet like perfumes. Regardless of the type of odor (good or bad), it is common sense not to inhale it.

What you need to do is to confirm that odor if it is dangerously toxic or not. So how to do it?

The Traditional Method of Animal Sacrifice

This traditional method does not require a spiritual medium to perform some kind of ritual. Probably, your prayer is already good enough by simply praying that the creature will survive the test procedure. It's because, you will be exposing the creature into the hole with the strange odor.

We often use chicken as a test subject. If it happens that the chicken survived for three days then it means that the odor is harmless. You can also use a rat (must be kept inside a cage so that it won't escape), frog and some other kind of pests.

Getting Rid of the Dangerous Gas



If you confirmed that the odor is a form of dangerous gas (assuming its methane), now what are you going to do? Of course, you need to get rid of the gas in order for you to proceed on your excavation.

The method that we use to get rid of the gas is to use a "blower machine". Continuously pump air into the hole which will replace the gas into fresh breathable air keeping the concentration at a safe level. And to make it a bit more secure for the diggers, its best that they should still wear their own gas mask. Wearing gas mask still offers the best protection against inhaling the dangerous gas.

Some says that the use of blower machine does not work for them because as they proceed on digging the hardened soil, the gas leaks tends to become stronger. If this is the case then stop digging with your shovel. I suggest using ex plo sives. Although, this requires some experience because wrong usage can collapse your entire hole. Apply at least a minimal force to shock the wall or layer which will release most of the gas. Then, continue pumping air again. Repeat the process for the second time if gas leak still persists.

Controversy About the Use of Poison Gas



There is actually a very controversial argument about the use of poison gas in Asia as a form of chemical weapon in the past World War 2. The Japanese Imperial Army were accused of using poison gas which they used as deadly traps in protecting their hidden treasures. However, there is some source who claims that the US intelligence has confirmed that no "nerve gases" were used in Asia during the second world war. Despite, there is actually another conflicting source of information claiming that the Japanese Imperial Army developed and conducted several experimental tests related to chemical and poison gases.

Warning Poison Gas

In my own personal opinion, the Japanese Imperial Army probably conducted experimental tests with chemicals and poison gases as weapons but never produced any good results. This is probably the reason why they weren't able to use it during the war until the Americans discovered the nukes.

Their experiments with the chemicals was also probably the reason why they were able to produce extremely hard form of concretes which they used to encased their treasures. There was also the rumored chemical which they used to melt rocks to hide treasure deposits inside them so as to carve signs or symbols on their surfaces.

Moreover, natural gas or poison gas traps are serious risks for treasure hunters. So my best advice is that, "if you do not know how to handle the trap then it's better to stop your operation" or you'll risk the lives of your diggers (so as yourself if you are also digging).