New look at gas hydrates

Geologists have long speculated that naturally occurring hydrates contain immense volumes of natural gas. But production of gas from gas hydrates under the world’s oceans and in its arctic regions remains uneconomic.Hydrate experts suggest industry-oriented research during the next several months could yield knowledge crucial to unlocking gas hydrates, whose development is compared with that of coalbed methane-a gas source considered uneconomic 20 years ago.US Geologic Survey research geologist Timothy S. Collett of Denver acknowledges much remains to be learned about the geologic, engineering, and economic aspects of hydrates-a crystalline combination of gas and water.Still, he sai...

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