I find the following information rather mind-boggling since it defies conventional wisdom. The first of which is that hydrogen doesn’t occur naturally on this planet, that it is bonded with other atoms and it has to be brutally ripped from those atoms in order to create pure H2.
The second bit of conventional wisdom which is a spin off of the first is that if you can’t find hydrogen naturally occurring on this planet you surely cannot drill for it. Well, both of these pieces of conventional wisdom are being challenged in the Ukraine and in Russia.
Scientists believe that hydrogen degassing of the planet is to blame for craters in central Russia. These craters have no explanation as to how they were created except for the hydrogen rich soil beneath them, which is giving away.
Here is a brief explanation of how hydrogen degassing occurs, “The process of inner core crystallization leads to the release of hydrogen, which is then accumulated at the boundary of the liquid core and the mantle and diffuses outward to the Earth’s surface. The gravitational influence of the Moon and Sun on the Earth modulates this process.”
Scientists also theorize that there are underground streams of hydrogen flowing deep from within the earth’s core to the surface. In addition, researchers believe that pockets of hydrogen exist approximately ½ mile and below the Earth’s surface and that drilling can bring significant amounts of hydrogen up to be used as fuel.
There is way too much information on this subject than I can present in the confines of this blog, so please follow the links provided for more information. Many thanks to Viacheslav Zgonnik, Director of Ukrainian Association for Hydrogen Energy for making me aware of the recent developments regarding hydrogen degassing as a potential fuel source.