Skip to comments.Fossil Fuels. When are we going to stop using this false description of anaerobic oil?
Posted on 06/04/2012 10:05:51 AM PDT by jongaltsr
How long are we going to continue referring to oil as Fossil fuel when we have known for many (Many) years that oil as we know it comes not from Dinosaurs etc but rather from "other" organic materials such as "trees" etc.
Animals that die (including dinosaurs) do not leave a trace of "oil" when they die. They putrefy, dehydrate and turn to dust, leaving only their bones to be discovered later on.
Yes there are fossils in the La Brea Tar Pits and many other such surface Tar Pits around the world but that is because animals fell in the oil that already existed and drowned because they could not swim or breathe.
Tar comes from trees, grasses, moss, peat moss etc and any fossils that are found in them were the result of those items being buried in amongst the organic material before it sunk down and decomposed far beneath the earth's surface.
Fossil Fuel because fossils are found at the same layers as the source rock.
Granted that Algae and the like don’t leave much of a fossil, but their neighbors do.
You described the origins of coal, but oil is not so cut and dried. There is some thought that it condensed out of the solar nebula and didn't originate from anything living.
Actually recent theories are that oil and other “fossil fuels” come from geological processes...
It's loaded with hydrocarbons.
This is where the Myth began! Our wonderfully designed planet constantly produces the brown ooze from deep within and up it creeps through any and all debris, organic and otherwise, left behind from times long ago.
Drill Baby Drill - sooner than later. Get the scrubbers in the coal stacks. And stop using the bloody corn for fuel!
Petroleum is formed under great pressure from calcium carbonate (chalk), ferrous oxide (rust), and water in the Earth’s crust at a depth of approximately 60 km.
Dinosaurs and vegetation have nothing to do with it.
Heat and Pressure is how we break down oil into smaller , lighter components in our refineries.
Even these other fossilized materials make up just a tiny fraction of the hydrocarbons we can and do extract as oil. For one thing, hydrocarbons appear to be commonplace in other parts of our solar system. Some of the outer planets have "moons" that are covered in seas of frozen methane. Organic compounds have even been detected in other planetary systems within our galaxy.
The conventional wisdom which dictates that oil, gas, and coal are exclusively derived from ancient life forms is perpetuated these days for two reasons. One, to protect "experts" whose reputations and livelihoods are based blind attachment to an illogical and outmoded theory.
And two, so that Chicken Little environmentalists can continue to make their projections every few years and decades that we are fast approaching the end of the supply of oil. The fact that "proven reserves" of the same have steadily increased over those same decades is simply an inconvenient fact they must ignore to keep the grant money flowing.
Yes. Hydrocarbons are the basic building blocks of the universe.
Heat and Pressure is how we break down oil into smaller , lighter components in our refineries
They use catalysts also. Take trash and heat and compress it make oil also.http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/967192/posts
I have been saying for 20 YEARS that oil comes from COMPRESSION of rocks. I don’t know if I’m right but I NEVER bought “dinosaurs and such” crap.
Dude, you seem to be confused.
The term "fossil" refers to plants as well as animals preserved in this way.
It's just that plant fossils don't get much attention because people are much more interested in fossil animals.
Can someone explain how trees, animals, etc formed the oil that lies two miles below the surface here in the Bakken formation?
Catalysts lower the energy required or accelerate the same chemical reaction. It is still heat and pressure breaking down oil. The catalysts just make it less expensive.
the Russians proposed this over 60 years ago
key terms abiotic oil and abiogenic oil
Interesting article and book
Who’d a thunk the ancients got it right when they named it “petroleum”— petra-rock, oleo-oil.