Methane hydrate in the global organic carbon cycle

Terra Nova



The global occurrence of methane hydrate in outer continental margins and in polar regions, and the magnitude of the amount of methane sequestered in methane hydrate suggest that methane hydrate is an important component in the global organic carbon cycle. Various versions of this cycle have emphasized the importance of methane hydrate, and in the latest version the role of methane hydrate is considered to be analogous to the workings of an electrical circuit. In this circuit the methane hydrate is a condenser and the consequences of methane hydrate dissociation are depicted as a resistor and inductor, reflecting temperature change and changes in earth surface history. These consequences may have implications for global change including global climate change.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Methane hydrate in the global organic carbon cycle
Series title Terra Nova
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-3121.2002.00414.x
Volume 14
Issue 5
Year Published 2002
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Terra Nova
First page 302
Last page 306
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