Methane hydrate is a form of natural gas trapped below the ocean’s seabed that may trigger our next bout of rapid global warming. But it also may be a viable solution to our energy problems, or at least thats what scientists in the US, Japan and India are hoping. Wired reports:

The Gulf of Mexico is estimated to hold more than 6,500 trillion cubic feet of hydrate in sandstone reservoirs, currently the best candidates for commercial exploitation, according to the U.S. Minerals Management Service. If only 5 percent of that hydrate could be tapped, it would yield more than 300 trillion cubic feet of gas. By comparison, the United States’ reserve of conventional natural gas is currently estimated at 211 trillion cubic feet.

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