Minutes of the January 26, 2009 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter

Some members met first for dinner at "Calhoun's on the River" in Knoxville, and then around ten people convened for the meeting in the Plant Biotech Bldg. on the University of Tennessee Ag campus. Dr. Claudia Rawn (Senior Research Staff Member in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Joint Faculty Member in the University of Tennessee’s Materials Science and Engineering Department) spoke on "Fire in the Ice: Harvesting Methane from the Oceans and Permafrost". The following was a synopsis of her talk:

"During this presentation I will give an overview of methane hydrates and tackle questions like what they are, where do you find them, what do they look like, why study them, who studies them, and how are the researchers that study them are funded. Information about methane production from natural gas hydrates, plugging pipelines, stability and safety of drilling of platforms, as well as how dissociation of gas hydrates and sequestration of CO2 within the host structure can impact global warming will be discussed. Lastly I will introduce the funded methane hydrates program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory."

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