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Date:12/12/2008

better understand today's warming and to more accurately predict future climate conditions. For this study, scientists examined fossils from 3.3 to 3.0 million years ago, known as the mid-Pliocene warm period. Research was conducted by the Pliocene Research, Interpretation and Synoptic Mapping group, led by the USGS. For a podcast interview about this research, listen to Episode 77 of USGS CoreCast at http://www.usgs.gov/corecast/. For more information and to view the compiled data, visit http://geology.er.usgs.gov/eespteam/prism/index.html. You can also contact Jessica Robertson at 703-648-6624 or jrobertson@usgs.gov.

Gas Hydrates on Alaska's North Slope: Large Deposit of Natural Gas
The USGS estimates that there are 85.4 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable gas from natural gas hydrates on the Alaskan North Slope. The USGS assessment is the first-ever resource estimate of technically recoverable natural gas hydrates, which are a clean-burning resource and are naturally occurring, ice-like solids in which water molecules trap natural gas molecules in a cage-like structure known as a clathrate. "Technically recoverable" means the resource can be discovered, developed, and produced using current technology and industry practices. Further research is still needed to demonstrate gas hydrates as an economically producible resource, but this research shows the significant potential for natural gas hydrates to contribute to the U.S. and world energy mix. For more information about this assessment, visit http://energy.usgs.gov/ or listen to a podcast interview with USGS scientists at http://www.usgs.gov/corecast/details.asp?ep=74. You can also contact Jessica R
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