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China tapping 'combustible ice' for growing energy needs

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A drilling platform for "combustible ice" seen in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea in June.

Beijing

CHINA is drilling deep into the ocean floor in the hope of tapping vast deposits of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" but it will be years before it is part of the global energy mix.

Gas hydrates are found in the seabed as well as beneath permafrost but

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