Methane in the Deep Blue Sea

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Science  23 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5427, pp. 543-544
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5427.543

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Natural gas hydrates, which form under moderately high pressures and low temperature conditions in marine sediments and arctic permafrost, are a potential energy source and have also been implicated in past climate change and in massive slumps and slides on continental shelfs in the oceans. Haq (page 543) discusses recent research into these gas hydrates and outlines future research directions in this interdisciplinary field.