Setting New Standards in Natural Gas

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

By Alex Demas, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Have you ever heard the joke that asks, “Where do the writers of dictionaries go to look up a word’s spelling?” Or have you ever wondered how people truly know how long a meter is? Well, the answer in both cases is, there are standards that are used as references. Now, sitting in an unassuming laboratory in Denver, CO, there is a new global standard for the chemical composition of the primary constituents in natural gas. The product of a multi-year, international effort, these natural gas standards will serve as references in research and technology…

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