Research Spotlight: Massive release of methane from hydrates off New Zealand
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 91, Issue 51, page 512, 21 December 2010
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2010), Research Spotlight: Massive release of methane from hydrates off New Zealand, Eos Trans. AGU, 91(51), 512–512, doi:10.1029/EO091i051p00512-02., and (
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Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, exists in large quantities in methane hydrates in sediments beneath the seafloor. In hydrates, methane molecules are trapped in cages of water molecules, but under some conditions these hydrates can become unstable and release methane into the ocean and atmosphere. A recent study shows that large amounts of methane may have been released from the seafloor during past peak glacial or glacial-interglacial transition periods.