Researchers use PCCTs to advance methane hydrate study in Japan

03/04/2013
A research team in Japan is using new pressure coring characterization tools to keep deep sea floor subsurface methane hydrate-bearing sediment samples from deteriorating, the US Geological Survey reported. Methane hydrates are stable only at certain pressures and temperatures, and scientists have been working since the 1990s on sophisticated techniques to retrieve and preserve samples. Georgia Tech scientists built and designed the pressure core characterization tools (PCCTs) with long-term support from the US Department of Energy and the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrate Joint Industry Project (JIP), the US Department of the Interior agency said Feb. 13. USGS and Georgia Tech scientists will o...
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