Two Decades of Community Research on Gas in Shallow Marine Sediments

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[1] Tenth International Conference on Gas in Marine Sediments; Listvyanka, Russia, 6–12 September 2010; The Tenth International Conference on Gas in Marine Sediments was held near Irkutsk, Russia, and was attended by 120 participants from 19 countries. The GIMS conference series has provided biannual discussions that have knit disparate researchers into a scientific community. The setting was important because the adjacent Lake Baikal contains the only documented freshwater hydrate methane seepage (methane hydrate is a metastable ice at high pressures and low temperatures) due to its great depth (1637 meters). The conference included 72 oral and 47 poster presentations and a day cruise during which gas hydrates were retrieved.

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