Gas Hydrates: The Energy Source of the Near Future

SHALLOW GAS HYDRATES (GH) ZONES are important for earth sciences and economics for three main reasons. First, the methane leaks that occur in these zones are a direct indicator of the presence of hydrocarbon reserves in the depths, and they form cover rocks suitable for the accumulation of methane gas in the layers beneath them. Second, methane hydrates themselves are also an important source of energy. They are called “zipped gas” because they contain 164 times more gas than its volume.