Gas hydrates, widespread within the submerged portions of continental margins and in regions covered by permafrost, are currently perceived as a major contributor to the global budget of greenhouse gasses. Major climatic changes and global ocean acidification events inferred from the geologic record suggest that catastrophic dissociation of methane hydrates may have played a central role in driving these processes. These structures of gas and water molecules are stable within a restricted range of temperature, pressure, and composition of the interstitial fluids within the surrounding sediments. With improving data collection techniques and analytical methods, both in the field and in...

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