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  • Geologist: Earth has lots and lots of oil (error in DRUDGE story - UPI may fix)

    10/20/2006 6:09:51 PM PDT · by paulat · 46 replies · 1,520+ views
    DRUDGE - UPI ^ | 10/20/06 | Not Listed
    Geologist: Earth has lots and lots of oil SPOKANE, Wash., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A University of Washington economic geologist says there is lots of crude oil left for human use. Eric Cheney said Friday in a news release that changing economics, technological advances and efforts such as recycling and substitution make the world's mineral resources virtually infinite. For instance, oil deposits unreachable 40 years ago can be tapped using improved technology, and oil once too costly to extract from tar sands, organic matter or coal is now worth manufacturing. Though some resources might be costlier now, they still are...
  • 'Peak oil' doomsayers fall silent as reserves grow ever larger

    04/12/2007 12:07:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies · 1,667+ views
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | 11/04/07 | NEIL REYNOLDS
    OTTAWA — You will have noticed the marked decline these days in the number of "peak oil" people making cataclysmic pronouncements. Global oil production set records throughout 2006 -- for all-time highest production day, month, quarter and year. For the single-year record, production reached 31.3 Gb (billion barrels), an average of 85.2 million barrels a day. Affirming the trend, production set a new global single-day record before the end of January, 2007. Along with record-setting production came record-setting increases in reserves -- moving "peak oil" deeper into the century and ultimately beyond. The "peak oil" hypothesis, relentlessly propounded for decades,...
  • Supplies of oil may be inexhaustible

    05/29/2002 8:18:56 AM PDT · by jimkress · 93 replies · 1,020+ views
    Detroit News ^ | 5/29/2002 | Bruce Bartlett
    <p>On April 16, Newsday, the Long Island newspaper, published a startling report that old oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico were somehow being refilled. That is, new oil was being discovered in fields where it previously had not existed.</p>
  • What if we don't run out of oil?

    11/15/2005 7:05:19 AM PST · by Dan Evans · 146 replies · 3,719+ views
    WND ^ | November 15, 2005 | Jerome Corsi
    The debate over "Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil" has begun to take familiar lines. "Peak oil" adherents continue to insist that oil resources worldwide are depleting. This mantra is repeated almost like an article of faith. Ever since M. King Hubbert drew his first "peak-production" curve, statements of this tenet are easy to find. Typically, the "Peak-Production" theory is articulated as so well established that further proof is not needed. "Peak production" statements abound in publication. Consider this example written by an energy consultant in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Petroleum reserves...
  • Fossil Fuels. When are we going to stop using this false description of anaerobic oil?

    06/04/2012 10:05:51 AM PDT · by jongaltsr · 93 replies
    General Knowledge verses historical (mis-knowledge)
    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...
  • Potential oil supply refill?

    05/28/2002 11:32:25 PM PDT · by kattracks · 31 replies · 1,951+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/29/02 | Bruce Bartlett
    <p>On April 16, Newsday, the Long Island newspaper, published a startling report that old oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico were somehow being refilled. That is, new oil was being discovered in fields where it previously had not existed.</p>
  • Prospecting for Oil? Look In an Asteroid Crater

    10/07/2006 6:33:48 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 88 replies · 2,182+ views
    space.com website ^ | 14 December 1999 | By Michael Paine
    The Earth has suffered thousands of violent collisions with asteroids and comets over the last four billion years. The scars from these collisions are impact craters. But the Earth hides its wounds well -- less than two hundred impact craters have been discovered. Many are buried deep below the surface. They were only found by accident during geological surveys that were part of the massive, ongoing effort to find oil for an energy-dependent world. If Russian theories about the non-biological origin of much of our oil prove to be accurate, then there may be good reasons for oil prospectors to...
  • Finally, an international conference on abiotic oil

    11/23/2005 2:13:47 PM PST · by Dan Evans · 44 replies · 1,187+ views
    WND ^ | November 23, 2005 | Jerome Corsi
    Following the publication of "Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil," Craig Smith and I have received e-mails from Alexander A. Kitchka, a Russian research scientist who is a member of the National Academy of Science in the Ukrane and the secretary of the Association of Ukranian Geologists. Kitchka's research strongly supports the abiotic, "Deep-Earth" theory of the origin of oil. In October 2005, Kitchka co-chaired a half-day international conference, titled "Origin of Petroleum Conference," held during the annual meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, in Calgary, Canada, June 19-25, 2005. The three...
  • Sea floor records ancient Earth

    03/23/2007 11:06:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 66 replies · 4,679+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 23 March 2007, 09:09 GMT | Jonathan Fildes Science and technology reporter, BBC News
    The ancient sea floor was discovered in southwest Greenland A sliver of four-billion-year-old sea floor has offered a glimpse into the inner workings of an adolescent Earth.The baked and twisted rocks, now part of Greenland, show the earliest evidence of plate tectonics, colossal movements of the planet's outer shell. Until now, researchers were unable to say when the process, which explains how oceans and continents form, began. The unique find, described in the journal Science, shows the movements started soon after the planet formed. "Since the plate tectonic paradigm is the framework in which we interpret all modern-day geology,...
  • A new potential source of fuel, buried deep underground ~ methane gas created in lab with rocks only

    10/10/2004 11:11:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies · 2,190+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | Thu, Sep. 23, 2004 | BETSY MASON Knight Ridder Newspapers
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - (KRT) - Scientists may have discovered a new source of fuel far below the Earth's surface. Fossil fuels get their name from the ancient plants and animals that decayed to form oil, gas and coal. But now scientists have created methane gas without any biological matter, suggesting that the fossil fuel supply may not be entirely dependent on fossils after all.The research opens up the possibility of a vast reservoir of methane gas more than 60 miles below the Earth's surface and could also help scientists hunting for signs of life on Mars and other planets."There...
  • What If Oil Lasts Forever? Fossil fuels may not be finite. This'd be a miracle—and a nightmare

    04/25/2013 1:38:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 25, 2013 | Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic
    As the great research ship Chikyu left Shimizu in January to mine the explosive ice beneath the Philippine Sea, chances are good that not one of the scientists aboard realized they might be closing the door on Winston Churchill’s world. Their lack of knowledge is unsurprising; beyond the ranks of petroleum-industry historians, Churchill’s outsize role in the history of energy is insufficiently appreciated. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911. With characteristic vigor and verve, he set about modernizing the Royal Navy, jewel of the empire. The revamped fleet, he proclaimed, should be fueled...
  • The Oil Scarcity Myth

    03/17/2012 4:13:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Rapidly rising gas prices at the pump have turned up the heat on Barack Obama.  Interestingly, the Administration that just three years ago said it was committed to policies that would cause energy prices to “skyrocket” and get our gas prices “to the levels in Europe,” now says there isn’t much they can do about rising costs to consumers. One of the many falsehoods that the President and his anti-fossil fuel allies like to perpetuate is that the U.S. is about run out of reserves.  “But you and I both know that with only 2% of the world’s oil reserve,...
  • Energy answers sought in Earth's crust

    08/13/2007 5:57:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies · 1,346+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 13, 2007 | Eliane Engeler and Alexander G. Higgins
    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) When tremors started cracking walls and bathroom tiles in this Swiss city on the Rhine, engineers knew they had a problem. "The glass vases on the shelf rattled, and there was a loud bang," recalled Catherine Wueest, a tea-shop owner. "I thought a truck had crashed into the building." But the magnitude 3.4 tremor on the evening of Dec. 8 was no ordinary act of nature: It had been accidentally triggered by engineers drilling deep into the Earth's crust to tap its inner heat and thus break new ground — literally — in the world's search for...
  • Most of Earth covered with life powered on hydrogen. Living Rocks?

    03/20/2013 8:38:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    JoNova ^ | March 19th, 2013 | joanne
    File this under: What don’t we know?We just discovered slice “2″ is alive.  |1 – Continental crust | 2 -Oceanic crust | 3 – Upper Mantle | 4 – Lower Mantle | 5 – Outer Core | 6 – Inner Core | Image Credit: Dake You might have thought that photosynthetic life forms had the Earth covered, but according to some researchers the largest ecosystem on Earth was just discovered and announced last Thursday, and it’s powered by hydrogen, not photosynthesis.The Oceanic Crust is the rocky hard part under the mud that lies under the ocean. It covers 60% of...
  • Hydrocarbons in the deep earth (abiogenic)

    04/15/2011 7:32:28 PM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ^ | April 14, 2011 | Anne M Stark
    LIVERMORE, Calif. -- 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...
  • Hydrocarbons in the deep Earth? (Oil comes from non-plant sources)

    07/27/2009 8:28:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 75 replies · 1,223+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | July 26, 2009 | Carnegie Institution
    The oil and gas that fuels our homes and cars started out as living organisms that died, were compressed, and heated under heavy layers of sediments in the Earth's crust. Scientists have debated for years whether some of these hydrocarbons could also have been created deeper in the Earth and formed without organic matter. Now for the first time, scientists have found that ethane and heavier hydrocarbons can be synthesized under the pressure-temperature conditions of the upper mantle —the layer of Earth under the crust and on top of the core. The research was conducted by scientists at the Carnegie...
  • Petroleum age is just beginning

    08/15/2003 9:37:43 AM PDT · by DoctorMichael · 85 replies · 1,078+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/15/03 | David Deming
    <p>It is hard to imagine how our grandparents and great-grandparents lived at the end of the 19th century. The United States was still largely a rural society, and the amenities we take for granted today were unknown then.</p> <p>Most people lived on farms. Few Americans had running water, bathtubs, hot water, or flush toilets. Central heating, electricity and telephones were rare. There were no antibiotics. Infant mortality was high, and life expectancy was 30 years lower than it is today. For most people, educational opportunities were very limited. In 1890, only 5 percent of the eligible population attended high school.</p>
  • Oil Is Well: The Shortage Is A Myth, And Not A New One

    06/04/2006 7:59:38 AM PDT · by rdmartinjd · 43 replies · 1,897+ views
    TheVanguard.Org ^ | 2 June 2006 | Rod D. Martin
    "America has no shortage of oil... Washington, DC has a shortage of the political will required to let American workers go get it." -- Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) With oil prices reaching record levels, the left is up to its old tricks, blaming the President and calling for lots of expensive big government “solutions”. As part of this push, they argue that we're running out of oil. But clearly, this argument is not new -- and it's dead wrong. In 1874, Pennsylvania's state geologist fretted that America had only a four-year supply of oil left. He was wrong. In 1914,...
  • The List: The World’s Largest Untapped Oil Fields

    12/01/2008 4:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 2,878+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 2008 Issue | Jerome Chen
    In a world running low on oil, several countries are still sitting on massive supplies. If only they could get to them. The Ferdows, Mound, and Zageh Fields Location: The Persian Gulf, off the coast of southern Iran Estimated Reserves: 38 billion barrels Details: Discovered in 2003, these three interconnected fields are among the largest oil deposits ever found. Ferdows is the largest, with 30.6 billion barrels. This figure may seem astounding, but it’s usually not possible to extract all the oil from a field due to technological and financial constraints. Plus, assessing how much oil these deposits can actually...
  • BLACK-GOLD BLUES Discovery backs theory oil not 'fossil fuel'

    02/02/2008 1:52:27 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 143 replies · 21,257+ views
    WND ^ | February 1, 2008 | By Jerome R. Corsi
    New evidence supports premise that Earth produces endless supply ------------------ A study published in Science Magazine today presents new evidence supporting the abiotic theory for the origin of oil, which asserts oil is a natural product the Earth generates constantly rather than a "fossil fuel" derived from decaying ancient forests and dead dinosaurs. The lead scientist on the study – Giora Proskurowski of the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle – says the hydrogen-rich fluids venting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the Lost City Hydrothermal Field were produced by the abiotic synthesis of...
  • Are we sitting on unlimited fossil-fuel resources?

    06/03/2011 12:34:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    You’ve heard that we’re running out of oil. You’ve heard that natural gas has a finite and ever-shortening supply. The media has been reporting on Peak Oil for decades, and the peak has always been just around the next corner. But what if that weren’t true, and for practical purposes, the US has an unlimited supply of fossil fuel for its energy needs? Would that not undercut the entire notion of an energy crisis, except as self-inflicted?Get ready for a paradigm change, courtesy of … Salon? (via Ace) Are we living at the beginning of the Age of Fossil Fuels,...
  • Huge Natural Gas From Methane Hydrates Process Developed

    05/03/2012 12:51:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 57 replies
    New Energy and Fuel ^ | May 3, 2012
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu contributed a statement to an announced breakthrough in research into tapping the vast fuel resource of methane hydrates that could eventually bolster already massive U.S. natural gas reserves.As Al Fin pointed out yesterday natural gas is priced to a barrel of oil equivalent at about $10-$11 per the estimable Geoffrey Styles view, something less than 10% of the cost of oil. For North Americans adding a viable and hopefully low cost means to make use of gas hydrates could be giant boost to low cost fuel sources and a massive kick to...
  • Oil Fields' Free Refill - More oil than we thought (maybe)

    04/23/2002 4:48:26 PM PDT · by visagoth · 83 replies · 1,584+ views
    Newsday ^ | April 16, 2002 | Robert Cooke
    DEEP UNDERWATER, and deeper underground, scientists see surprising hints that gas and oil deposits can be replenished, filling up again, sometimes rapidly. Although it sounds too good to be true, increasing evidence from the Gulf of Mexico suggests that some old oil fields are being refilled by petroleum surging up from deep below, scientists report. That may mean that current estimates of oil and gas abundance are far too low. Recent measurements in a major oil field show "that the fluids were changing over time; that very light oil and gas were being injected from below, even as the producing...
  • New evidence supports 19th century idea on formation of oil and gas

    11/04/2009 11:55:29 AM PST · by decimon · 51 replies · 1,755+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | Nov 4, 2009 | Unknown
    Scientists in Washington, D.C. are reporting laboratory evidence supporting the possibility that some of Earth's oil and natural gas may have formed in a way much different than the traditional process described in science textbooks. Their study is scheduled for Nov./Dec. issue of ACS' Energy & Fuels, a bi-monthly publication. Anurag Sharma and colleagues note that the traditional process involves biology: Prehistoric plants died and changed into oil and gas while sandwiched between layers of rock in the hot, high-pressure environment deep below Earth's surface. Some scientists, however, believe that oil and gas originated in other ways, including chemical reactions...
  • Huge hydrogen stores found below Earth's crust

    04/15/2002 6:58:27 PM PDT · by pragmatic_asian · 65 replies · 1,847+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | April 15, 2002 | Robert Matthews
    LONDON -- Scientists have discovered vast quantities of hydrogen gas, widely regarded as the most promising alternative to today's dwindling stocks of fossil fuels, lying beneath the Earth's crust. The discovery has stunned energy experts, who believe that it could provide virtually limitless supplies of clean fuel for cars, homes and industry. Governments across the world are urgently seeking ways of switching from conventional energy sources such as coal, gas and nuclear power to cleaner, safer alternatives. Energy specialists estimate that oil production will start to decline within the next 10 to 15 years, as the economically viable reserves start...
  • What If Oil and Natural Gas Are Renewable Resources? (Evidence mounting on limitless supply of oil)

    03/19/2012 6:58:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 137 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2012 | Greg Lewis
    President Barack Obama and his green energy confederates are determined to scare the public about a declining supply of "fossil fuels." If we accept the idea that oil is produced by the conversion of organic matter -- from plants to dinosaurs -- under extreme pressure, we must also accept the idea that there is a limited supply of oil and that we've got to do everything we can to find a replacement for fossil fuels before we run out. The evidence is mounting that not only do we have more than a century's worth of recoverable oil in the United...
  • Abiotic Oil and Gas: A Theory That Refuses To Vanish

    03/29/2010 10:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1,805+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | February 3, 2010 | Vinod Dar
    In the West it is almost universally held that all oil and gas is derived from fossils. This is not the case elsewhere, particularly among Russian and Ukrainian scientists who have, over several generations, tenaciously propounded the notion that oil and gas are abiotic, can be found deep below the surface of the earth in most parts of the world and in very large amounts. Western geologists and scientists find the theory either annoying or amusing and refuse to consider it seriously although there are exceptions. The theory continues to be held in much higher regard by Russian scientists and...
  • Whoops! Earth's Oldest 'Diamonds' Actually Polishing Grit

    01/03/2014 2:26:38 PM PST · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 1/3/2014 | Becky Oskin
    Evidence of Earth's first continents — 4.3-billion-year-old "diamonds" — are actually just fragments of polishing grit, a new study finds. In 2007, an international team first reported discovering the tiny gems, which hid in pockets inside zircon crystals from Western Australia's Jack Hills, in the journal Nature. But it turns out that the gems weren't actually diamonds, but polishing paste, smushed into hairs'-width cracks when the zircons were prepared for laboratory tests, according to a study published online in the Feb. 1, 2014, edition of the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
  • Surprising Trove of Gas Seeps Found Off East Coast

    06/21/2013 12:10:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    LiveScience.com via Yahoo ^ | Jun 19, 2013 | Douglas Main
    On the seafloor just off of the U.S. East Coast lies a barely known world, explorations of which bring continual surprises. As recently as the mid-2000s, practically zero methane seeps — spots on the seafloor where gas leaks from the Earth's crust — were thought to exist off the East Coast; while one had been reported more than a decade ago, it was thought to be one of a kind. But in the past two years, additional studies have revealed a host of new areas of seafloor rich in seeps, said Laura Brothers, a research geologist at the U.S. Geological...
  • Oldest known impact crater found

    07/08/2012 11:37:26 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 15 replies
    Cardiff University ^ | Cardiff University
    A 100 kilometre-wide crater has been found in Greenland, the result of a massive asteroid or comet impact a billion years before any other known collision on Earth.
  • XKCD - Lakes and Oceans

    04/09/2012 3:05:43 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 12 replies
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  • What If Oil and Natural Gas Are Renewable Resources?

    03/18/2012 12:46:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 132 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2012 | Greg Lewis
    ....The evidence is mounting that not only do we have more than a century's worth of recoverable oil in the United States alone (even if there is a limit to the earth's oil supply), but that we also actually have a limitless supply of Texas tea because oil is in fact a renewable resource that is being constantly created deep under the earth's surface and which rises upward, where microscopic organisms that thrive in the intense pressure and heat miles below us interact with and alter it. In other words, we have an unending supply of oil, some of which...
  • Methane Bubbling to Arctic Ocean Surface in Giant Plumes

    12/15/2011 9:16:22 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 40 replies · 12+ views
    CleanTV.com ^ | December 14, 2011 | Jerry McGlothlin
    Here's a breaking news story about a huge discovery of methane gas reserves. The bad news is this methane is burping up into plumes from the arctic ocean into the atmosphere from holes in the ice that are 3,000 feet across. Russian scientists say they have discovered thousands of these holes emitting methane plumes from the arctic shelf. According to Igor Semiletov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, methane gas is 20 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Semiletov has studied these methane plumes for years but most of that time they were only about 30 meters in diameter. Semiletov...
  • Hydrocarbons in the deep earth - (Renewable? Maybe..National Academy of Science weights in)

    05/11/2011 11:03:03 AM PDT · by dila813 · 71 replies
    National Academy of Science ^ | April 11, 2011 | Leonardo Spanua, Davide Donadioa, Detlef Hohlc, Eric Schweglerd, and Giulia Gallia
    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...
  • Easier to find oil ( Abiogenic ? )

    09/11/2009 11:46:37 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 54 replies · 1,623+ views
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology ^ | September 9th | Peter Larsson
    Researchers at KTH have been able to prove that the fossils of animals and plants are not necessary to generate raw oil and natural gas. This result is extremely radical as it means that it will be much easier to find these energy sources and that they may be located all over the world. “With the help of our research we even know where oil could be found in Sweden!” says Vladimir Kutcherov, Professor at the KTH Department of Energy Technology in Stockholm. Together with two research colleagues, Professor Kutcherov has simulated the process of pressure and heat that occurs...
  • New research shows how oil gets stuck underground (Denmark)

    05/11/2009 1:15:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies · 1,339+ views
    University of Copenhagen ^ | May 11, 2009 | Unknown
    Nano-research on drill cores from the North Sea might help increase extraction rates of oil in Denmark It is a mystery to many people why the world is running out of oil when most of the world’s oilfields have only been half emptied. However some of the oil that has been located is trapped as droplets of oil in small cavities in the surrounding rock or is stuck to the walls of the underground cavity and cannot be accessed by the techniques currently used in the oil industry. Now, new research may have come up with an explanation as to...
  • Methane-producing mineral discovered on Mars

    03/28/2009 4:20:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1,574+ views
    Nature News ^ | 27 March 2009 | Eric Hand
    But it may not explain the presence of the gas on the Red Planet today.Traces of serpentine found at Nili Fossae on Mars.NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Surprises keep coming from Nili Fossae, a long, deep scar in the surface of Mars. In December last year, scientists reported evidence there for carbonates — minerals that typically form in the presence of water1. Then, in January, reports came that there was a large plume of methane in the area. On Earth the gas is made mostly by animals as a by-product — although it can also be produced naturally in the absence of...
  • Half Of The Oil In The Ocean Bubbles Up Naturally From Seafloor

    02/23/2009 6:04:24 PM PST · by Flavius · 30 replies · 1,387+ views
    science ^ | Feb. 20, 2009 | ScienceDaily
    About half of the oil in the ocean bubbles up naturally from the seafloor, with Earth giving it up freely like it was of no value. Likewise, NASA satellites collect thousands of images and 1.5 terrabytes of data every year, but some of it gets passed over because no one thinks there is a use for it.
  • Titan Has More Oil Than Earth

    02/16/2008 8:21:16 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 29 replies · 717+ views
    Space.com ^ | 13 February 2008 | Space.com Staff
    Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky on the miserable moon, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes. This much was known. But now the stuff has been quantified using observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. "Titan is just covered in carbon-bearing material — it's a giant factory of organic chemicals," said Ralph Lorenz, a Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. "This vast carbon inventory...
  • Titan Has More Oil Than Earth

    02/14/2008 9:35:37 AM PST · by Magnum44 · 25 replies · 214+ views
    Space.com ^ | 13 February 2008 | Staff
    Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today....
  • Russia is far from oil's peak

    10/01/2007 10:21:25 AM PDT · by A Longer Name · 22 replies · 140+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Sep 27, 2007 | F William Engdahl
    The good news is that panic scenarios about the world running out of oil any time soon are wrong. The bad news is that the price of oil is going to continue to rise.... The Peak Oil school rests its theory on conventional Western geology textbooks, most by American or British geologists, which claim oil is a "fossil fuel", a biological residue or detritus of either fossilized dinosaur remains or perhaps algae, hence a product in finite supply. Biological origin is central to Peak Oil theory... In the 1950s, the Soviet Union faced "Iron Curtain" isolation from the West. The...
  • Titan's surface organics surpass oil reserves on Earth

    02/13/2008 11:10:35 AM PST · by Brian S. Fitzgerald · 136 replies · 974+ views
    SpaceRef.com ^ | February 13, 2008 | ESA
    Saturn's orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new Cassini data. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes. The new findings from the study led by Ralph Lorenz, Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA, are reported in the 29 January 2008 issue of the Geophysical Research Letters. "Titan is just covered in carbon-bearing material--it's a giant factory of organic chemicals," said Lorenz. "This vast carbon inventory is an important...
  • Titan Has More Oil Than Earth

    02/13/2008 4:02:35 PM PST · by Names Ash Housewares · 67 replies · 441+ views
    space.com ^ | Today | Space.com Staff
    Saturn's smoggy moon Titan has hundreds of times more natural gas and other liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists said today. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky on the miserable moon, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes. This much was known. But now the stuff has been quantified using observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. "Titan is just covered in carbon-bearing material — it's a giant factory of organic chemicals," said Ralph Lorenz, a Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. "This vast carbon inventory...
  • Deep-ocean vents are a source of oil and gas (evidence of abiogenic hydrocarbons)

    01/31/2008 9:42:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 1,338+ views
    Nature News ^ | 31 January 2008 | Rachel Courtland
    Hydrocarbons bubble up from the mid-Atlantic's Lost City. Deep-sea vents could offer a non-biological source of oil and gas.D. KELLEY & M. ELEND, UNIV. WASHINGTON INST. FOR EXPLORATION/URI-IAO/NOAA/THE LOST CITY SCIENCE TEAM Undersea thermal vents can yield unexpected bounty: natural gas and the building blocks of oil products. In a new analysis of Lost City, a hydrothermal field in the mid-Atlantic, researchers have found that these organic molecules are being created through inorganic processes, rather than the more typical decomposition of once-living material. Most of the planet's oil and natural gas deposits were created when decomposing biological matter is 'cooked'...
  • Methane on Mars: the plot thickens

    08/02/2005 12:00:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies · 1,035+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8/02/05 | Maggie McKee
    Methane on Mars may be produced at rates 3000 times higher than previously thought and partially destroyed by dust storms, controversial new research suggests. The work is sure to reignite the debate over a possible biological origin for the gas, but another team reports that subsurface volcanism alone - and not life - can account for the gas. Sunlight is thought to destroy methane molecules in Mars's atmosphere over about 300 years. So recent discoveries of the gas by space- and ground-based instruments suggested it is actively being replenished by geological processes or – possibly – living microbes. The mystery...
  • Marine Methane Heats Things Up

    09/01/2006 9:17:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 767+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 28 August 2006 | Julie Rehmeyer
    Oil seeping from the seafloor may have contributed to climate change long before the internal combustion engine did. The petroleum deposits are rich in the powerful greenhouse gas methane, which, according to a new study, may have played a major role in two previous episodes of global warming. Bedrock below the ocean bottom keeps a lid on oil reservoirs, but it's not an impermeable cap. Small cracks allow petroleum and methane to bubble to the surface. Once there, the petroleum oxidizes and turns to tar, which sinks. Meanwhile, the methane drifts into the atmosphere, where it makes up about 15%...
  • Does Deep Earth Host Untapped Fuel?

    03/05/2006 1:03:29 PM PST · by billorites · 102 replies · 5,190+ views
    ABCnews.com ^ | January 19, 2006 | Lee Dye
    Thomas Gold was not your typical radical. Far from being a mad scientist, he was a brilliant professor of astronomy at Cornell University, but he succeeded in driving many others mad with theories that flew in the face of conventional wisdom. His most controversial idea was among his last, and geologists and petroleum experts around the world still rage against Gold for suggesting they were dead wrong in their understanding of how oil and gas are formed in the Earth's crust. Now, a couple of decades after Gold first suggested that hydrocarbons are formed deep underground by geological processes and...
  • Oil Czar and ally

    10/11/2001 10:42:24 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 350+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Friday, October 12, 2001 | Larry Kudlow
    TownHall.com: Conservative Columnists: Larry KudlowQUICK LINKS: HOME | NEWS | OPINION | RIGHTPAGES | CHAT | WHAT'S NEWtownhall.comLarry Kudlow (back to story)October 12, 2001Oil Czar and ally Almost unnoticed in the wave of economic pessimism accompanying the war against terrorism is the precipitous plunge of oil prices. Since shortly after the Sept.11 bombing, oil has dropped about 25 percent from $30 a barrel to nearly $22. Gasoline prices at the pump have slipped $0.20 to $1.30. Just as negative oil shocks act on the economy like tax hikes, this (SET ITAL) tax-cut (END ITAL) like decline will surely boost ...
  • Hydrogen Production Method Could Bolster Fuel Supplies

    11/27/2004 10:23:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 85 replies · 3,896+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 28, 2004 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 - Researchers at a government nuclear laboratory and a ceramics company in Salt Lake City say they have found a way to produce pure hydrogen with far less energy than other methods, raising the possibility of using nuclear power to indirectly wean the transportation system from its dependence on oil. The development would move the country closer to the Energy Department's goal of a "hydrogen economy," in which hydrogen would be created through a variety of means, and would be consumed by devices called fuel cells, to make electricity to run cars and for other purposes. Experts...
  • About Coal: America's most abundant energy resource

    10/07/2004 1:05:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies · 2,000+ views
    Clean Energy
    About Coal America's most abundant energy resource and a source of chemicals, fertilizer, and power worldwide. Bookmarks on this Page Introduction Domestic Resources Domestic Consumption World Resources World Consumption Introduction Coal is the generic name for a solid hydrocarbon substance that has been burned as fuel for hundreds of years. Thanks to technological advances, coal can now be converted into a synthesis gas that can be used as a feedstock for the production of chemicals, fertilizer, and electric power. Webster defines coal as "a black or brownish black solid combustible substance formed by the partial decomposition of vegetable matter...