methane hydrate

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methane hydrate

[′mēth‚ān ′hī‚drāt]
(chemistry)
Methane gas trapped or dissolved in ice formed in deep-sea sediments.
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Methane clathrate, mostly found under sediments on the ocean floors, is touted as the source of fuel for the 21st century, and thought to be twice as large as all the petroleum deposits ever known, according to Associate Professor Saulwood Lin of yhe Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University.
However, under the cold conditions typical of the surface of Pluto, methane clathrates are very stable and extremely strong, so they might easily mechanically support the observed bladed structures.
Huge amounts of methane clathrate are stored under the icy permafrost layer beneath the Arctic Ocean floor.
Much of the recent growth is due to the perceived value of methane clathrate as a non-petroleum-derived large-scale energy resource [4].
They were testing a new way of making samples of methane clathrate so they could measure its mechanical properties.
Belosludov, "Elastic moduli calculation and instability in structure I methane clathrate hydrate," Chemical Physics Letters, vol.
Massive quantities of methane are locked away in permafrost and in the ocean floors as methane clathrate - an ice-like material which can return to gas if temperatures increase or pressures drop.