These maps present the inferred distribution of natural-gas hydrate within the sediments of the eastern United States continental margin (Exclusive Economic Zone) in the offshore region from Georgia to New Jersey (fig. 1). The maps, which were created on the basis of seismic interpretations, represent the first attempt to map volume estimates for gas hydrate. Gas hydrate forms a large reservoir for methane in oceanic sediments. Therefore it potentially may represent a future source of energy and it may influence climate change because methane is a very effective greenhouse gas. Hydrate breakdown probably is a controlling factor for sea-floor landslides, and its presence has significant effect on the acoustic velocity of sea-floor sediments.
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USGS Numbered Series
Maps showing gas-hydrate distribution off the east coast of the United States
Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
U.S. Geological Survey
Plate 1: 57.98 x 41.35 inches; Plate 2: 40.25 x 57.24 inches