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Fred Moore
Fred Moore

Clathrates are in a potential energy well whose energy is defined by extreme depths, temperatures, climate and weather stochastics and biodiversity stochastics.

That means its most likely at some point in the operation to  cost more to extract & transport the methane than the energy it contains.

It would make a profitable IPO on Wall Street till the jig was up. Maybe profitable enough to recoup current investments. But overall this one is a dead duck.

Hey at least deep ocean recovery of famous landmark items like Titanic pay their way on worldwide nostalgia and limited recovery of booty. Deep ocean methane  will just suck!

Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis

In the late 1970's (believe the date is correct), National Geographic published an extensive article on world supplies of natural gas, with the title (if I recall correctly) of "Afloat on a Sea of Methane."  I have vainly sought to locate a copy over the past few years.  I'm wondering if Ms. Lavelle or Mr. Scriber know of that article, and if so, how I might obtain a copy.

Thank you for this current informative article.

Brad Scriber
Brad Scriber

@Richard LewisI don't know of an article by that title from our archive. Were you perhaps thinking of this?

Thompson, R.B.: “Afloat on a Sea of Methane,” Technology Review (MIT), 81, 1, 14–15 (1978).

Not sure that citation is correct, but if so, copies are available to purchase here 

You may also be interested in our December 2012 article on methane, by Marianne Lavelle

Hope this is useful.



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