Potential role of gas hydrate decomposition in generating submarine slope failures: Chapter 12

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Edited by: Michael D. Max

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Abstract

Gas hydrate decomposition is hypothesized to be a factor in generating weakness in continental margin sediments that may help explain some of the observed patterns of continental margin sediment instability. The processes associated with formation and decomposition of gas hydrate can cause the strengthening of sediments in which gas hydrate grow and the weakening of sediments in which gas hydrate decomposes. The weakened sediments may form horizons along which the potential for sediment failure is increased. While a causal relationship between slope failures and gas hydrate decomposition has not been proven, a number of empirical observations support their potential connection.
Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Potential role of gas hydrate decomposition in generating submarine slope failures: Chapter 12
DOI 10.1007/978-94-011-4387-5_12
Volume 5
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Natural gas hydrate in oceanic and permafrost environments
First page 149
Last page 156
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