Significant Subsea Gas Hydrate Deposits Found in Okhotsk Sea

July 4, 2014

The Academician Lavrentyev scientific vessel has returned from an international expedition in the Sea of Okhotsk and Sea of Japan. The deep sea exploration will continue to help locate gas hydrates.
Scientists explored the sea depth and the sea bed looking for methane, heavy hydrocarbons, helium, hydrogen and other gases in the water and deep sea deposits.

Anatoly Obzhirov, head of the expedition and Professor and Director of Geology and Geophysics Laboratory at the Pacific Studies Institute of the Far East Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, reported that a group of scientists found gas hydrates in two blocks of Tatar Strait and in another two blocks at the south part of the western bent of Kurily syncline last year.

The researchers registered over a hundred methane locations. Furthermore, in the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk a new mineral atypical for the area was discovered and a significant gas seepage in the global ocean was confirmed. Geologists are attempting to track the relationship between the formation of gas hydrates and zones of fractures and seismic-tectonic activity.

Source: Oil and Gas Information Agency, 2014