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Signs of instability

The finding that pools of gas hydrates — compounds that trap natural gas emissions — in ocean sediments are deeper than expected implies that the hydrates are destabilizing, and might release gigatonnes of methane. See Letter p.527

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Figure 1: Bubbling up.

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