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Natural gas hydrates; vast resource, uncertain future

Fact Sheet 021-01

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Abstract

Gas hydrates are naturally occurring icelike solids in which water molecules trap gas molecules in a cagelike structure known as a clathrate. Although many gases form hydrates in nature, methane hydrate is by far the most common; methane is the most abundant natural gas. The volume of carbon contained in methane hydrates worldwide is estimated to be twice the amount contained in all fossil fuels on Earth, including coal.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Natural gas hydrates; vast resource, uncertain future
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
021-01
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2001
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
2 p.