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Future of gas hydrate research

January 31, 1999

Methane hydrates are ice‐like inclusion compounds, in which every volume of hydrate can contain as much as 180 volumes (STP) of gas.The amount of methane in natural gas hydrates is twice the total recoverable fossil fuel reserve. Because of their natural abundance in oceans and permafrost, hydrates have become an exciting national and international research issue. The movement of the gas and oil industry to ever deepening waters where hydrates occur, the compelling size and distribution of hydrate deposits, and strong international interest all support identification of crucial elements in a hydrate research program.

Publication Year 1999
Title Future of gas hydrate research
DOI 10.1029/99EO00184
Authors D.E. Sloan, P.G. Brewer, C. K. Paull, Timothy S. Collett, W. Steven Holbrook, Keith A. Kvenvolden
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Earth and Space Science News
Index ID 70208251
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center; Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center