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Environmental Issues with Gas Hydrates

  • Carlo Giavarini
  • Keith Hester
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


The tenth and final chapter presents to the reader the environmental concerns surrounding gas hydrates found in the natural environment. As methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and hydrates store vast amounts of methane, hydrates have been implicated as a potential cause or contributor to global climate change. Various theories, such as the Clathrate Gun hypothesis, are discussed which attempt to connect large scale past climate events with enormous releases of methane from hydrates. CO2 sequestration methods using hydrates are also discussed. Finally, the presence of hydrates in outer space is highlighted.


Before Present Methane Hydrate Submarine Landslide Atmospheric Methane Hydrate Stability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ingegneria ChimicaUniversity of Rome La SapienzaRomeItaly
  2. 2.TulsaUSA

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