Potential distribution of methane hydrates in the world's oceans

  title={Potential distribution of methane hydrates in the world's oceans},
  author={V. Gornitz and I. Fung},
  journal={Global Biogeochemical Cycles},
Estimates of the magnitudes and spatial distribution of potential oceanic methane hydrate reservoirs have been made from pressure-temperature phase relations and a plausible range of thermal gradients, sediment porosities, and pore fillings taken from published sources, based on two major theories of gas hydrate formation (1) in situ bacterial production and (2) pore fluid expulsion models. The implications of these two models on eventual atmospheric methane release, due to global warming, are… Expand
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