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Hydrate samples and field activities in the Arctic

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Splitting sediment cores collected during the 2009 expedition in the Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: NETL Researchers waiting for sediment core retrieval aboard the USCG vessel The Polar Sea, during the 2009 expedition in the U.S. Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: NETL Researchers sampling sediment cores aboard the USCG vessel The Polar Sea, during the 2009 expedition in the U.S. Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: NETL Taking pore-water samples from sediment core. Photo courtesy of: NETL Researchers examining sediment cores aboard the USCG vessel The Polar Sea, during the 2009 expedition in the U.S. Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: NETL Researcher measuring the physical properties of sediment cores aboard the USCG vessel The Polar Sea, during the 2009 expedition in the U.S. Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: NETL Researcher testing the physical properties of sediment cores aboard the USCG vessel The Polar Sea, during the 2009 expedition in the U.S. Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: NETL Researcher with sediment samples for gas content analysis, aboard the USCG vessel The Polar Sea, during the 2009 expedition in the U.S. Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: Preston Chad, NETL Researcher taking natural gas samples from sediment cores aboard the USCG vessel The Polar Sea, during the 2009 expedition in the U.S. Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: NETL MITAS expedition science party aboard the USCG vessel The Polar Sea, during the 2009 expedition in the U.S. Beaufort Sea. Photo courtesy of: NETL Hydrate saturated, fine-grained sand core from the Mount Elbert Well. Photo courtesy of: NETL The Mount Elbert rig. Photo courtesy of: NETL Mt Elbert core sample. Photo courtesy of: NETL Sunset over the Mount Elbert rig. Photo courtesy of: NETL Close-up hydrate core sample. Photo Courtesy of: Geological Survey of Canada Science team from the 2007 Mount Elbert rig. Photo courtesy of: NETL Production testing of methane hydrate resources is taking place near to Barrow, Alaska, in the Barrow Gas Fields. Photo courtesy of: NETL The Nordic #3 rig on site at the Ignik Sikumi well location, April 2011. Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips. Well cementing operations underway at the Ignik Sikumi well, April 2011. Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips. The Ignik Sikumi well being drilled from an ice pad (foreground) adjacent to the Prudhoe Bay Unit L-pad (background); April 2011. Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips. The modular dynamics formation tester (or MDT) tool enables short duration scientific testing of gas hydrate reservoir properties; April 2011. Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips. A curious local (Arctic fox) observing the research activities near the Ignik Sikumi well site, April 2011. Photo courtesy of Ray Boswell.
Methane gas hydrates occur both on land and in offshore areas of the Arctic. Major research on methane gas hydrates in this region is being conducted by Canada, Japan, the United States, Norway and Germany. Let's take a look at some activities.