Gas Hydrate and Sediment Pressure Chamber
Seth Haines, USGS research geophysicist, on a Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources laboratory tour, which included stops at their gas hydrate and sediment pressure chamber - it's a whopping 320 gallons, dwarfing even Seth, a 6-footer. The chamber is the silvery ring and the black cylinder beneath it. It's so big and heavy that it gets wheeled out of that cold room on a set of rails to get filled and reset. A single experiment in that chamber can take a year. Just setting it up with all that sand and water and getting it stabilized can take 3 months, and that's without having formed any hydrate in it!