Study downgrades gas hydrates potential for northern Gulf of Mexico

Marine sediments in the northern Gulf of Mexico are likely too warm and salty to hold the amount of methane gas hydrates originally thought to exist, according to researchers from a Georgia Tech, Rice University, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography collaboration. Click here to enlarge imageThey reported in the Mar. 15, 2005, issue of Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) that high-resolution geophysical and geochemical data for two representative sites (Fig. 1) off the coast of New Orleans suggest that previous gas hydrates estimates for the region should be revised sharply downward.“We found that conditions are not favorable for the formation of methane gas hydrates at these site...

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