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To: nuke rocketeer
There is a new edge to using this process, and that is the actual formation of NEW petroleum, using CO2 compressed to supercritical pressures (it becomes a liquid), then reacting with the water already in the rock formations, and in the presence of extreme heat (at which point the water present is also supercritical liquid), a sort of Fischer-Tropsch reaction takes place, as the carbon dioxide becomes carbon monoxide, at the very high temperatures encountered.

This is abiotic formation, and apparently goes on all the time at the Mohorovičić discontinuity, usually referred to as the Moho, which is the boundary between the Earth's crust and the mantle.

And all this time you thought petroleum was dinosaur soup.

8 posted on 02/17/2010 7:26:34 AM PST by alloysteel (....the Kennedys can be regarded as dysfunctional. Even in death.)
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To: alloysteel

Great explanation.


10 posted on 02/17/2010 8:04:07 AM PST by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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