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Gas hydrate surprises off India. In mid-August, a team of scientists from India, North America and Europe, led by the Indian Directorate General of Hydrocarbons and the US Geological Survey (USGS), completed a four-month expedition aboard the drillship JOIDES Resolution to explore for gas hydrates offshore India. The science team was led by Dr. Timothy Collett of the USGS, and consisted of more than 100 leading scientists and professionals representing more than 32 scientific and governmental organizations. Based on analysis of geological and geophysical data, the expedition planned to visit 10 sites in four areas (see map). Scientific drilling, well logging, coring and shipboard scientific analyses of recovered samples from each site furthered the objectives, which were focused on the potential of hydrates as a resource. The expedition’s accomplishments included the collection and examination of: over 30,000 ft of sedimentary section at 39 locations, located at 21 sites within the four geologic settings...

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