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What are gas hydrates?

Gas hydrate is an ice-like form of water with gas in its molecular cavities (Sloan, 1990).

I Pecher pic 2 Molecular structure of gas hydrate (Modified from Schlumberger SEED, last accessed 16 Oct 06)

Gas hydrates need moderate pressures and low temperatures to be stable.

I Pecher pic 1 Methane hydrate phase boundary: Methane hydrate is stable in permafrost areas and the deep ocean.

Refer e.g., to for further information.


Sloan, E. D., 1990, Clathrate hydrates of natural gases: Marcel Bekker.

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