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Gas Hydrates

Vast areas of offshore New Zealand are predicted to contain gas hydrates. New Zealand’s largest known gas hydrate province is located on the Hikurangi Margin, east of the North Island, and a smaller province exists to the southwest of Fiordland. Recent work has also shown new evidence for gas hydrates in the Taranaki Basin, west of New Zealand.

We study gas hydrates for a range of reasons, including: their potential as a source of energy, the role they play in seafloor stability, their importance for marine biodiversity, and because of possible links to past and future climate change.

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