“Potential Source of Fuel”

Methane hydrate is a potential fuel source and is considered one of the largest sources of natural gas in the world. Methane hydrate is an ice-like material composed of compressed natural gas and can be found in some seafloor and arctic permafrost regions.

Upon melting, it released the methane gas into the atmosphere, caused by the greenhouse effect.

U.S Naval Research Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory developed a new model for searching methane hydrate deposits in North Carolina’s seafloor and coastal area. It has been found significant methane hydrate deposits in various locations.

There are several significant reasons for locating the methane hydrate deposits in the seafloor.

It releases methane gas which causes greenhouse gas.

It has a significant impact on the environment.

Methane hydrate has a substantial effect on acoustics.

Deposits of methane hydrate near the seafloor are significantly crucial for the Navy.

Methane hydrate deposit help to find a high-pressure environment on the seafloor.

Methane hydrate could be a source of energy.

The lead researcher and computational geoscientist Jennifer Frederick said,

“This is the first time someone has been able to approach methane hydrate distribution in the same way we approach weather forecasting,”

William K. Eymold, Jennifer M. Frederick, Michael Nole, Benjamin J. Phrampus, Warren T. Wood. Prediction of Gas Hydrate Formation at Blake Ridge using Machine Learning and Probabilistic Reservoir SimulationGeochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 2021; DOI: 10.1029/2020GC009574

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