Hydrates in Nature

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This chapter gives the reader an overview of gas hydrates in the natural environment. The worldwide occurrences of hydrates are shown followed by a discussion as to why hydrates form in nature and where they are found. It is highlighted that, along with sufficient pressure and temperature, a gas supply must also be present to form natural hydrates. The diverse marine ecosystems that live on and near seafloor gas hydrate deposits, including tubeworms and ice worms, are also presented. Finally, some of the popular culture theories surrounding hydrates and fictional books on hydrates are discussed.


Bottom Simulate Reflector Hydrate Dissociation Hydrate Saturation Hydrate Deposit Hydrate Reservoir 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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