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Where does oil really come from?

I had heard that there were other explanations for oil sources, but I never realised that people really don't have a clue.....


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In the 1980s, Thomas Gold, an astronomer at Cornell University, received support from the Swedish government to drill into the Siljan Ring, the site of an ancient meteorite crater in central Sweden (shown here), in search of inorganic oil from Earths mantle.

Gold believed that natural gas migrates upward from the mantle where it transforms into more complex gases and oil, and that the petroleum could be expelled through large releases of energy such as a meteor impact.

The experiment, which did not find large quantities of such gas, still helped mobilize a small community of scientists who reject the theory of organic origins of petroleum. Image copyright Tom Johansson

For the first time ever in North America, proponents of the inorganic origins hypothesis, largely from Russia and the Ukraine, had a major forum for their ideas at a meeting held in June in Calgary, Alberta a city that has built its wealth on the vast petroleum deposits found in the Canadian province. Held in association with the annual meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists a group of people whose livelihood depends on understanding how and where oil and gas form this was no ordinary forum.

Walking around the modest-sized ballroom in the Calgary Hyatt right before the meeting started, words like lunatic and crazy were being tossed between some participants. Other attendants had a giddy glow of excitement, rarely seen at such gatherings. A co-convener of the meeting, Barry Katz, who is a petroleum geologist at Chevron, hesitantly mentioned that before it even began, the meeting was receiving attention from the Financial Times.

One thing is for sure, Katz says: Scientists from the minority inorganic oil camp, promoting myriad ideas and lacking a unified hypothesis, have a way to go if they want to overturn the theory of organic petroleum genesis. Although most scientists agree that inorganic petroleum exists, he says, they differ widely in their thoughts on how it forms and how widespread it is versus organic petroleum.

The meeting was a vehicle to share these ideas and it highlighted what geologists know and dont know about the origins of one of the most important resources on Earth.
By netchicken: posted on 20-10-2005


Proof found that oil is not a fossil fuel.


Methane has been found on Titan, therefore its not created via decompsition.

Gold wryly noted that he was sure there had not been any big stagnant swamps on Titan to produce the biological debris that conventionally trained geologists think was required on Earth to produce oil and natural gas as a "fossil fuel."

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If petroleum and natural gas are abiotic as we maintain in 'Black Gold Stranglehold, then the 'peak oil' fear that we are going to run out of oil may have been based on a giant misconception.

Paradigms in science change slowly and with great resistance. But NASA has given us today incontrovertible evidence that Titan has abundant inorganic methane.

If the scientists have ruled out that biological processes created methane on Titan, why do petro-geologists still argue that natural gas on Earth is of biological origin?
Corsi noted.
By netchicken: posted on 9-12-2005

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