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Ocean Project Drills for Methane Hydrates

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Science  19 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5444, pp. 1456
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5444.1456a

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TOKYO-- Next week a Japanese drilling ship will begin taking a bite out of an underwater layer of frozen methane and water to assess its potential as a major source of energy for the world. The exploration of these gas hydrates--one of many hydrate deposits thought to occur near continental margins worldwide--is also expected to shed light on their role in past and future changes in global climate (see p. 1465) and their contribution to the stability of continental slopes.