Potential of gas generation and/or natural gas hydrate formation, and evidences of their presence in near seafloor sediments of the southwestern Ulleung Basin, East Sea

동해 울릉분지 남서부 천부 퇴적층에서의 가스 생성 및 천연가스 하이드레이트 형성 잠재력과 이들의 부존 증거

  • 류병재 (한국지질자원연구원 석유해저자원연구부) ;
  • 이영주 (한국지질자원연구원 석유해저자원연구부) ;
  • 김지훈 (한국지질자원연구원 석유해저자원연구부) ;
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  • 김일수 (한국석유공사 국내탐사팀)
  • Published : 2006.11.23


Regional geophysical surveys and geological cal studies on natural gas hydrate (NGH) in the East Sea were carried out by the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) from 2000 to 2004. 16 piston cores, 2270 L-km of multi-channel reflection seismic (MCRS) data and 730 L-km of 3.5kHz Chirp data obtained from the southwestern part of the deep-water Ulleung Basin were analyzed in this study. In piston cores, cracks generally developed parallel to bedding suggest significant gas content. The core analyses showed high total organic carbon (TOC) content, sedimentation rate and heat flow of sediments. These are in favor of the general ion of substantial biogenic methane, which can form the NGH within the stability zone of the near seafloor sediments in the study area. The cores generally show also high residual hydrocarbon gas concentrations for the formation of natural gas hydrates The geophysical indicators of the presence of gas and/or NGH such as bottom simulating reflectors (BSRs), seismic blank Bones, pockmarks and gas seeping features were well defined on the MCRS and Chirp data.