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Uncertainties Shadow Combustible Ice Mining Breakthrough

By Yu Dawei and Teng Jing Xuan
Flames from burning methane shoot from the Japanese deep-sea scientific drilling vessel CHIKYU near Aichi prefecture, Japan, on March 12, 2013. Photo: Xinhua
Flames from burning methane shoot from the Japanese deep-sea scientific drilling vessel CHIKYU near Aichi prefecture, Japan, on March 12, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

The snowcapped Qilian Mountains in Qinghai province seem a world apart from the subtropical South China Sea – yet both are home to a curious, methane-containing substance known as “combustible ice” that could replace traditional fossil fuels.

Areas of the world from mountains to sea floors contain so much combustible ice – an estimated 20 quadrillion cubic meters combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy – that the substance could potentially meet the world’s energy needs for centuries.

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