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Methanometer

Description:

Methanometers are used to measure the amount of methane gas present in the air in a mine. Methane is highly flammable and is the main componant of firedamp, a very explosive gas which occurs in coal mines. 

 

Methane has a number of different names. It can be produced by rotting vegetation and is responsible for the mysterious ‘Will o’ the Wisp’ glow, which can at times be seen above marshy ground at night. This is why it is sometimes referred to as ‘Marsh Gas’.

 

This methanometer was used at Pennyvenie Colliery, East Ayrshire.

Source:
Accession number:
A000047
Digital Number:
EAMI018n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council