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  • There be dragons? Creatures you might find on a real journey to the centre of the Earth

    04/26/2016 7:27:33 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 33 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 25 Apr, 2016 | Christopher Terrell Nield
    ....Science, of course, has a habit of turning the fantastic into the prosaic. But 150 years on from Verne’s work, researchers have actually begun a project to drill through the Earth’s crust for the first time, hoping to penetrate more than 5km beneath the sea bed to reach the mantle below. Needless to say, it is most unlikely to reveal monsters living inside the Earth. But if we do look down in search of life, what do we find? The best way to find underground creatures is to travel into the depths of a cave. The first things you’re likely...
  • Arctic melt releasing ancient methane

    05/20/2012 10:31:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/20/12 | Richard Black
    Scientists have identified thousands of sites in the Arctic where methane that has been stored for many millennia is bubbling into the atmosphere. The methane has been trapped by ice, but is able to escape as the ice melts. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this ancient gas could have a significant impact on climate change. Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas after CO2 and levels are rising after a few years of stability. There are many sources of the gas around the world, some natural and some man-made, such as landfill waste disposal sites...
  • Billions of Tons of Methane Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice

    08/29/2012 6:47:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/12 | Tia Ghose, LiveScience
    Microbes possibly feeding on the remains of an ancient forest may be generating billions of tons of methane deep beneath Antarctic ice, a new study suggests. The amount of this greenhouse gas — which would exist in the form of a frozen latticelike substance called methane hydrate — lurking beneath the ice sheet rivals that stored in the world's oceans, the researchers said. If the ice sheet collapses, the greenhouse gas could be released into the atmosphere and dramatically worsen global warming, researchers warn in a study published in the Aug. 30 issue of the journal Nature. "There could be...
  • Newly Discovered Methane-Consuming Bacterium Could Help Reduce GHG Emissions ...

    11/26/2007 1:18:22 PM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies · 157+ views ^ | 11/26/2007 | Staff
    An international team of researchers has discovered a methane-consuming microorganism that lives in extremely acidic conditions. The bacterium could one day be used to reduce methane gas emissions from landfills. It could also help to cut methane emissions from geothermal power stations. Aerobic methanotrophic bacteria (methanotrophs) consume methane diffusing away from methane-producing zones of soil and sediment. Some environments with active methane cycles—such as marshes and peat bogs—are very acidic; however, no cultured methanotroph grows optimally below pH 5. By contrast, the new bacterium is extremely acidophilic, and grows optimally at pH 2.0-2.5. Unlike known methanotrophs, which belong to the...
  • Earth Is An Oil-Producing Machine — We're Not Running Out

    11/06/2015 4:46:41 AM PST · by expat_panama · 161 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11/04/2015 | KERRY JACKSON
    Ever since M. King Hubbert in the 1950s convinced a lot of people with his "peak oil" theory that production would collapse and we'd eventually exhaust our crude supplies, the clock has been running. And running. And it will continue to run for some time, as technology and new discoveries show that there's still an ocean of oil under our feet. [snip] A BP official told the magazine that "energy resources are plentiful. Concerns over running out of oil and gas have disappeared." Things are so good, in fact, that Engineering and Technology says "with the use of the innovative...
  • New methane organisms discovered

    10/23/2015 2:17:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | October 23, 2015 | by Gene Tyson & Provided by: University of Queensland
    ===================================================================================================================== Textbooks on methane-metabolising organisms might have to be rewritten after researchers in a University of Queensland-led international project today (23 October) announced the discovery of two new organisms. Deputy Head of UQ's Australian Centre for Ecogenomics in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Associate Professor Gene Tyson said these new organisms played an unknown role in greenhouse gas emissions and consumption. "We sampled the microorganisms in the water from a deep coal seam aquifer 600m below the earth's surface in the Surat Basin, near Roma, Queensland, and reconstructed genomes of organisms able to perform methane metabolism," Associate...
  • Oil-Eating Microbes Have Worldwide Underground Connections

    03/13/2015 12:10:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Scientific American ^ | February 15, 2015 | David Biello 
    Living deep underground ain't easy. In addition to hellish temperatures and pressures, there's not a lot to eat. Which is why oil reservoirs are the microbes' cornucopia in this hidden realm. Microbes feast on many oil reservoirs, but it has been unclear how the microorganisms got to those locales. One proposal has been that the microbes colonize a pool of dead algae corpses and then go along for the ride as the pool gets buried deeper and deeper and the algae slowly become oil. That's the so-called "burial and isolation" hypothesis. But under that set of rules each pool of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Mysterious Methane of Mars

    12/24/2014 5:19:45 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | December 22, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's creating methane on Mars? Recent measurements from the robotic Curiosity rover currently rolling across Mars indicate a surprising 10-fold increase in atmospheric methane between measurements only months apart. Life is a major producer of methane on Earth, and so speculation is rampant that some sort of life -- possibly microbial life -- is creating methane beneath the surface of Mars. Other possibilities do exist, though, with a leading model being the sudden release of methane produced by the mixing of specific soil chemicals with underground water. Proposed origins of Martian methane are depicted in the featured illustration. The...
  • 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 ^ | 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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>
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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 ^ | 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>
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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.
  • 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...
  • Microbes Likely Abundant Hundreds of Meters Below Sea Floor

    03/15/2013 2:50:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 14 March 2013 | Sid Perkins
    Enlarge Image Whack here. By taking great care to eliminate possible contamination of rock samples -- including sterilizing the outer surfaces of rocks and then removing their outer layers to expose fresh material within—researchers found the strongest evidence yet that microbes live deep within the sea floor. Credit: Jesper Rais/AU Communication Samples drilled from 3.5-million-year-old seafloor rocks have yielded the strongest evidence yet that a variety of microorganisms live deeply buried within the ocean's crust. These microbes make their living by consuming methane and sulfate compounds dissolved in the mineral-rich waters flowing through the immense networks of fractures in...
  • Scientists Find Mega-Oil Field ... 1,300 Light Years Away

    12/13/2012 3:48:44 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Oil price. ^ | 06 December 2012 | James Burgess
    Have our wishes been answered? Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. Time to wave peak oil goodbye forever … but before you do I should probably inform you of the tiny hiccup in any plan to develop this oil field. It is around 1,300 light years away. The scientists work at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and using the 30m-telescope of the Institute for Radio Astronomy they discovered a vast cloud of hydrocarbons within the Horse Head Nebula galaxy in the Orion constellation.
  • Hydrocarbons Could Form Deep In the Earth From Methane, Not Animal Remains

    12/25/2012 9:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 15, 2011 | Rebecca Boyle
    A new study demonstrates how high hydrocarbons could be formed from methane deep within the Earth, aside from the compression and heating of ancient animal remains over the eons. Fused-methane oil would be far less common than your typical petroleum, of course, but the study shows abiogenic hydrocarbons could conceivably occur in some of the planet’s high-pressure and high-temperature zones. Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used supercomputers to simulate what would happen to carbon and hydrogen atoms buried 40 to 95 miles beneath the Earth’s crust, where they would be subjected to prodigious pressures and temperatures. They found at...
  • No Sign of Methane on Mars; Abstract Thought Melts Political Convictions

    11/02/2012 7:25:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    The Atlantic Wire 'blog ^ | November 2012 | David Wagner
    Methane is M.I.A. on Mars. Back in 2009, NASA announced some pretty astounding observations from Mars. They thought they'd spotted signs of methane in the red planet's atmosphere, which would force astronomers to contemplate the possibility of biological activity on Mars. NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't made any close encounters of the third kind yet, and after analyzing Mars' atmosphere, turned up no traces of methane. The rover used its Sample Analysis at Mars to measure atmospheric composition for the first time today, and while more tests need to be conducted to determine methane presence definitely, it's not looking good for...
  • Gases Created When Meteors Slam into Planets May Provide False-Positives of Life

    09/25/2012 6:43:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | Charles Q. Choi
    Ground-based observatories and proposed-but-cancelled spacecraft such as the European Space Agency's Darwin project or NASA's Terrestrial Planet Finder could scan the atmospheres of exoplanets for signs of extraterrestrial life. Molecules each absorb specific types of light, resulting in patterns known as spectra that allow scientists to identify what the molecules are. Some chemicals or combinations of chemicals might be unique to life as we know it, and could thus serve as strong evidence of aliens. One key gas astrobiologists looking for extraterrestrial life would concentrate on would be oxygen, since researchers often think this molecule is too chemically reactive to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 300 million year old fossilized forest discovered under coal mine in China

    02/22/2012 4:01:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    ZME Science ^ | 2/21/12
    There’s some good coming off China’s extensive coal exploitation (the nation holds the top place for most pollutant emissions resulting from burning coal), as recent mining activities around Wuda in Inner Mongolia, China, has uncovered an almost perfectly preserved 298 million year-old forest. The forest, which also features intact trees with leaves, branches, trunk and cones, was buried by volcanic ash, and thus kept away from time’s unforgiving touch. The researchers dubbed the forest the “Pompeii of the Permian period, since the manner in which it was preserved bared a striking resemblance to the famous Roman namesake event. The volcanic...
  • Unconventional Completion Technology Revives Old Oil Fields

    02/24/2012 4:21:07 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 9 replies
    E&P ^ | February 23, 2012 | By Scott Weeden, Senior Online Editor
    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used in 30-year-old, waterflooded oil fields has boosted production per well from 25 to 300 barrels per day. The new frontier for the unconventional gas technology is in old oil fields. This is a huge opportunity for using long laterals, multiple-stage fracs and smaller, high-tech fractures, said George King, global technology consultant, at the NAPE Business Conference on Feb. 22 in Houston. “Right now, we have two big oil plays -- the Bakken and Eagle Ford. What if you take the name shale off of it? There are three or four more big plays coming...
  • Methane Bubbling to Arctic Ocean Surface in Giant Plumes

    12/15/2011 9:16:22 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 40 replies · 12+ views ^ | 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...
  • NASA Finds Hydrocarbons on Saturn's Moon Hyperion

    07/16/2011 2:31:26 PM PDT · by mrjesse · 44 replies · 1+ views
    NASA Website ^ | 07/04/2007 | Ruth Dasso Marlaire
    PASADENA , Calif. - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed for the first time surface details of Saturn's moon Hyperion, including cup-like craters filled with hydrocarbons that may indicate more widespread presence in our solar system of basic chemicals necessary for life.
  • ‘Worms from hell’ unearth possibilities for extraterrestrial life

    06/02/2011 10:38:04 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Washington (Com)Post ^ | 1 June 2011 | Marc Kaufman
    For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet’s surface, raising new possibilities about the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons. Nicknamed “worms from hell,” the nematodes, or roundworms, were found in several gold mines in South Africa, where researchers have also made breakthrough discoveries about deep subterranean single-cell life. The two lead researchers, Gaetan Borgonie of the University of Ghent in Belgium and Tullis Onstott of Princeton University, said the discovery of creatures so far below ground, with nervous, digestive and reproductive...
  • Everything you've heard about fossil fuels may be wrong

    05/31/2011 6:29:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Salon ^ | May 31, 2011 | Michael Lind
    Are we living at the beginning of the Age of Fossil Fuels, not its final decades? The very thought goes against everything that politicians and the educated public have been taught to believe in the past generation. According to the conventional wisdom, the U.S. and other industrial nations must undertake a rapid and expensive transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy for three reasons: The imminent depletion of fossil fuels, national security and the danger of global warming. What if the conventional wisdom about the energy future of America and the world has been completely wrong? As everyone who follows...
  • 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...
  • Scientists plan to drill all the way down to the Earth's mantle

    05/21/2011 2:39:22 PM PDT · by Windflier · 97 replies
    PhysOrg Mobile ^ | 25 March 2011 | Unknown
    ( -- In what can only be described as a mammoth undertaking, scientists, led by British co-chiefs, Dr Damon Teagle of the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, England and Dr Benoit Ildefonse from Montpellier University in France, have announced jointly in an article in Nature that they intend to drill a hole through the Earth’s crust and into the mantle; a feat never before accomplished, much less seriously attempted.
  • 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...
  • Hydrocarbons Deep Within Earth: New Computational Study Reveals How

    04/18/2011 6:12:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 85 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 17 Apr 11 | Staff
    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...
  • Hydrocarbons Could Form Deep In the Earth From Methane, Not Animal Remains

    04/16/2011 3:24:54 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 57 replies
    A new study demonstrates how high hydrocarbons could be formed from methane deep within the Earth, aside from the compression and heating of ancient animal remains over the eons. Fused-methane oil would be far less common than your typical petroleum, of course, but the study shows abiogenic hydrocarbons could conceivably occur in some of the planet’s high-pressure and high-temperature zones.
  • 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...