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U.S. Geological Survey Gas Hydrates Project

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Gas Hydrate Project

The USGS Gas Hydrates Project focuses on the study of natural gas hydrates in deepwater marine systems and permafrost areas. The primary goals are: The Gas Hydrate Project conducts multidisciplinary field studies, participates in national and international deep drilling expeditions, and maintains a laboratory program focused on hydrate-bearing sediments.
Research Themes
RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Widespread methane seepage from the seafloor on the northern US Atlantic margin. Nature Geoscience

Current perspectives on gas hydrate resources. Energy and Environmental Science

Methane hydrate-bearing seeps as a source of aged dissolved organic carbon to the oceans. Nature Geoscience

Methane Hydrates and Contemporary Climate Change. Nature Education Knowledge

Inter-laboratory comparison of wave velocity measurements in a sand under hydrate-bearing and other set condition. 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, Edinburgh, Scotland


Multi-Media and Related Links

Why We Should Be Paying More Attention to Methane. Read more and listen to the interview at NPR News.

Arctic Methane Bubbles Not As Foreboding As Once Feared. Read more at NPR News.

Unlocking the Potential of ‘Flammable Ice’. Read the full article in the New York Times

Seismic-Imaging Research Cruise Investigates Deepwater Gas Hydrate Deposits in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more in Sound Waves

Technical Announcement: New Insight on Gas Hydrates in Gulf of Mexico. USGS Newsroom (May 2013)

It Looks Like Ice, Burns Cleaner Than Coal & May Be Our Next Best Bet. Can methane hydrate solve our fossil fuel problems? Now This News (April 2013)

Could Tapping Undersea Methane Lead To A New Gas Boom? NPR News (March 2013)

Top Story on usgs.gov: Groundbreaking Gas Hydrate Research (February 2013)

An Arctic Climate Catastrophe? PRI's The World (November 2012)

USGS Gas Hydrates Lab. Video of burning gas hydrate (May 2012)

Methane Hydrates: Fire and Ice. Living on Earth (March 2012)

 

 

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