Skip to comments.Hydrocarbons Deep Within Earth: New Computational Study Reveals How
Posted on 04/18/2011 6:12:10 AM PDT by Red Badger
A new computational study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals how hydrocarbons may be formed from methane in deep Earth at extreme pressures and temperatures.
The thermodynamic and kinetic properties of hydrocarbons at high pressures and temperatures are important for understanding carbon reservoirs and fluxes in Earth.
The work provides a basis for understanding experiments that demonstrated polymerization of methane to form high hydrocarbons and earlier methane forming reactions under pressure.
Hydrocarbons (molecules composed of the elements hydrogen and carbon) are the main building block of crude oil and natural gas. Hydrocarbons contribute to the global carbon cycle (one of the most important cycles of Earth that allows for carbon to be recycled and reused throughout the biosphere and all of its organisms).
Geologists and geochemists believe that nearly all (more than 99 percent) of the hydrocarbons in commercially produced crude oil and natural gas are formed by the decomposition of the remains of living organisms, which were buried under layers of sediments in Earth's crust, a region approximately 5-10 miles below Earth's surface.
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A snapshot taken from a first-principles molecular dynamics simulation of liquid methane in contact with a hydrogen-terminated diamond surface at high temperature and pressure. The spontaneous formation of longer hydrocarbons are readily found during the simulations.
Oil is regenerating ping.............
But methane and hydrocarbons are responsible for global warming 5 miles under the earth.
been saying it for years...”peak oil” is a myth...
What we have is “restricted production”...
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40 to 95 miles deep, that is one heck of a long straw to get at it...
We were put here with God given talents on a planet with more resources than we can use in the time we have before the Revelation,
and of course, the left, under the direction of the “god of this age”, their ideological father, wants to restrict our usage of those God-given resources.
My guess is that we are currently using oil faster than the earth is producing it, but it does show that there is a lot more out there than previously thought and we should go use it. The more oil they find and the more we use, the more skeptical I am that it was formed only from decomposing animal matter. There is too much oil in too many different rock types and formations for that.
Coal, on the other hand, while also plentiful, is more than likely formed from decaying plant matter. It does have the fossils in it. Lots more plant matter than animal matter. Always has been.
And what about the methane lakes found on Saturn’s moon, Titan?
Considering we can make light, sweet crude from our own garbage, I would say that the idea that oil can only be made of decaying animals is a fantasy that should have been removed from the public idea 50 years ago.
You never heard of Titanic dinosaurs?
As long as living things continue to die. . . . . . . .
the abiotic process of oil confirmed once again. we just need to pump the existing out to order to give the new more room into which to rise.
I find it hard to believe that the (compacted, concentrated, partially converted to hydrocarbons) mass of dead plants and animals is greater than the amount of oil we have consumed to date.
I guess that it oozes to the top like a big zit..............
Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.
If you find hydrocarbons located within the igneous rock, you can make the case for abiotic oil, but if you find the hydrocarbon trapped by the igneous rock, you can't make the case.
If you find hydrocarbons located within metamorphic and/or sedimentary rock, you made the case for an organic origin. If you find hydrocarbons trapped by metamorphic and/or sedimentary rock, you can't make the case for abiotic oil.
Nice mental image Red... :)
And there are more than a dozen different varieties of coal.