Hydrates contain vast store of world gas resources

EMERGING U.S. GAS RESOURCES-4 Timothy S. CollettU.S. Geological Survey Denver Vello A. KuuskraaAdvanced Resources International Inc.Arlington, Va. The discovery of large gas hydrate accumulations on the North Slope of Alaska and off the U.S. southeast coast has heightened interest in gas hydrates as a possible energy resource of the future. However, significant geological uncertainties and possibly insurmountable technical issues need to be resolved before gas hydrates can be counted as a viable option for future, affordable supplies of natural gas. Several countries, most recently Japan and India, are launching ambitious projects to further examine the viabili...

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