Studies in non-linear stability theory by Wiktor Eckhaus

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Gold’s book [10] focuses on methane. Reference [18] discusses methane trapped in clathrate hydrates (see Chapter 22 for further details). The tremendous amount of trapped methane residing within continental shelves and in polar regions forms a possibly vast natural resource. Consistent with Gold’s theme, methane may be an even more important source of hydrocarbons than envisioned today. The differing means of creating petroleum and the different geology throughout the earth cause wide variations in oil reservoirs.

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