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JOURNAL: No. 4(40) 2020, p. 66-76

HEADING: Study and development of nature resources of the Arctic

AUTHORS: Logvina, E.A., Matveeva, T.V., Bochkarev, A.V., Semenova, A.A., Nazarova, O.V.

ORGANIZATIONS: I. S. Gramberg All-Russia Scientific Research Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the Ocean

DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2020-4-66-76

UDC: 550.812.1

The article was received on: 09.06.2020

Keywords: Arctic seas, gas hydrates, oceanic cryolithozone, geological sampling, sealed samplers (SS), sealed sample analyzers (SSA)

Bibliographic description: Logvina, E.A., Matveeva, T.V., Bochkarev, A.V., Semenova, A.A., Nazarova, O.V. Analysis of technological and technical advances in the study of subaqueous gas hydrates and the possibility of their application in the Arctic seas of Russia. Arctic: ecology and economy, 2020, no. 4(40), pp. 66-76. DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2020-4-66-76. (In Russian).


The current stage of strategic development of Russia’s economic and scientific interests is characterized by the study and subsequent development of hydrocarbon resources of the continental shelf and the bottom of the World Ocean. At the same time, special attention is paid to the waters of the Arctic seas, the ecological and climatic changes of which are interconnected with the degradation of underwater permafrost and associated gas hydrates. To study the latter, specialized equipment is needed to take unmodified samples of natural gas hydrates. The paper analyzes the technical characteristics and analytical capabilities of modern samplers and analyzers and evaluates the possibilities of their use for studying hydrate-containing sediments in the Arctic seas.

Finance info: The Russian Science Foundation supported this work; grant no. 19-17-00226 Reconstruction of the mechanism of problematic authigenic carbonates formation in diagenetic and categenetic environments associated with the generation/oxidation of hydrocarbons.


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