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It could provide energy independence for China. But the methane hydrates, also known as "ice that burns", are also one of the most polluting agents in the world
According to the ministry, this is the most important geological discovery to have been made in China since 1959, when they found some oil deposits. The energy value of the estimated new supply of "ice that burns" is equivalent to 255.5 billion barrels of crude oil; approximately, 200 times the domestic production of oil