The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


clathrate
Definition: A chemical substance where a lattice of one type of molecule traps and contains a second type of molecule.

Notes:
1. The discovery of large deposits of methane clathrates in permafrost and under the ocean sea-bed has led to the formulation of the Clathrate Gun Hypothesis.

2. The word clathrate is derived from the Latin clatratus, with bars or a lattice.


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