Methane Hydrate Stability Limits Explored

A team of scientists recently determined the stability limits of three methane hydrate structures under pressure and at room temperature.

Methane hydrate stability

A team of Chinese and U.S. scientists working at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey recently collaborated to determine the stability limits of three methane hydrate structures  types I, II, and H  under pressure at room temperature.  The results of their diamond-anvil cell experiments, using both in situ single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction techniques, are reported in a new paper by Jinfu Shu and colleagues entitled Structural Stability of Methane Hydrate at High Pressures in Geoscience Frontiers.

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