Current Oil Formation
Date: Winter 2011-2012
Is oil still being formed in an ongoing fashion by geologic and physical processes just as it was millions of years ago?
The process of converting organic detritus into oil only requires
that the organic material (dead plants, animals, etc) undergo
decomposition in an oxygen poor environment. Long chain hydrocarbons
are formed in this way. So in places where there is a lot of organic
material buried under rock or below the pinocline of some body of
water (a depth and temperature of water where little roiling happens
and hence oxygen does not appreciably mix in), then the conversion
of organic material into oil should be happening.
This might lead you to wonder why are we concerned that fossil fuel
is being depleted - and this goes to how much oil is being extracted
and used, versus how much oil is being produced by the natural process.
Greg (Roberto Gregorius)
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