Natural Gas Hydrate

In Oceanic and Permafrost Environments

Edited by Michael D. Max

Marine Desalination Systems, L.L.C. Suite 461, 1120 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, U.S.A.

KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS

DORDRECHT / BOSTON / LONDON

A C.I.P. Catalogue record for this book is available from the Library of Congress.

ISBN 0-7923-6606-9 (HB 2000, 2003) ISBN 1402 013620 (PB 2003)

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Cover Illustration

Photo of burning methane hydrate laboratory samples by J. Pinkston & L. Stern, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, U.S.A.

Printed on acid-free paper

© 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers

All Rights Reserved for chapters 6, 24 and 26

No part of the material protected by this copyright notice may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the copyright owner.

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This book is dedicated to Rodney Malone, a friend to hydrate enthusiasts and science, who established the first National Gas Hydrate Research Program.

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