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Criteria to define geological features as potential hazards in areas with sediments containing gas hydrates

In this result, we will address the investigated aspects to determine the geological hazards associated to mud volcanoes containing gas and gas hydrate. That is to say, find out what hazardous events may occur.

The aspects are related to the geological framework and they are following:

Related to sediment
- Morphology
- Stratigraphy
- Instability features
- Geotechnical properties
- Structural features

Related to fluids
- Free gas
- Gas hydrate.

Although this result focuses on mud volcanoes, it is not meant that other problems associated to the regional geological framework can be unimportant.

This result, may provide useful information to other environments on the continental margins and abyssal plains in particular, in order to define concepts/parameters to determine geological hazards.

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Research Departmente
Instituto Ciencias del Mar, Paseo Maritimo de la Barceloneta 37-49
08003 Barcelona
Spain