Japan Claims to Tap Methane Hydrate Deposit

April 2013, Vol. 240 No. 4

Japan reported last month it had extracted gas from offshore deposits of methane hydrate, a breakthrough experts say might lead to developing a promising energy source.

The extraction from the undersea hydrate was thought to be a world first. Experts estimate the carbon found in gas hydrates is at least twice the amount of carbon in all other fossil fuels.

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