Addressing the theory in circulation that oil is not solely of organic origin, but that there may be another mode of origin as well from deeper in the crust, involving magma.
See also Peak Oil
There is a substantial body of evidence to support this theory. That does not negate, however, the quest for getting away from dependence on fossil fuels. The greenhouse gasses produced by the burning of such will continue to be a pressing matter that must be addressed. Now that the world has achieved a consciousness about how we treat our planet, this news that we are not so far from depleting our oil reserves is a welcome breath of fresh air, removing some of the panic effect that can foster unrest.
Supporting Evidence, Briefly
- Oil being discovered at 30,000 feet, far below the 18,000 feet where organic matter is no longer found.
- Wells pumped dry later replenished.
- Volume of oil pumped thus far not accountable from organic material alone according to present models.
- In Situ production of methane under the conditions that exist in the Earth’s upper mantle. (PhysicsWeb; Sept. 14, 2004)
Expounding the Theory
- ‘Fossil fuel’ theory takes hit with NASA finding – NASA scientists are about to publish conclusive studies showing abundant methane of a non-biologic nature is found on Saturn’s giant moon Titan, a finding that validates a new book‘s contention that oil is not a fossil fuel. (World Net Daily; Dec. 1, 2005)
- Other Stories by WND
- Stalin and Abiotic Oil – Or How Ruppert’s ‘Peak Oil’ Pile is Gaining Tonnage; by Dave McGowan (Educate Yourself; March 5, 2005)
- Russia Proves ‘Peak Oil’ is a Misleading Scam – In 1970 the Russians started drilling Kola SG-3, an exploration well which finally reached a staggering world record depth of 40,230 feet. Since then, Russian oil majors including Yukos have quietly drilled more than 310 successful super-deep oil wells, and put them into production. Last Year Russia overtook Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest single oil producer, and is now set to completely dominate global oil production and sales for the next century.
- ‘Oil Shock’ Looming – What are the Alternatives? – “My conclusion is that there is much about oil (and natural gas) that we have not been told, including how much of the stuff is available, and how it continually develops, even to this day.” At the end of the article is a list of sites and articles on peak oil, but the interesting part is a second list of the contrary view — could oil reserves be virtually unlimited? (by Sepp Hasslberger, NEC; 2004)
- Article > Sustainable Oil? – presents theory and evidence that oil is not solely of organic origin. (Rense.com; July 10, 2004) a reprint of Sustainable Oil (WorldNetDaily; May 25, 2004)
- Data >In situ Production of Inorganic-Derived Petroleum – Scientists in the US have witnessed the production of methane under the conditions that exist in the Earth’s upper mantle for the first time. The experiments demonstrate that hydrocarbons could be formed inside the Earth via simple inorganic reactions — and not just from the decomposition of living organisms as conventionally assumed — and might therefore be more plentiful than previously thought. (PhysicsWeb; Sept. 14, 2004)
- Peak Oil: Can 3D Exploration Postpone The Peak? – Ability to find reserves more readily may postpone the “peak” phenomenon; general discussion of “peak oil” factors. (MSNBC; Sept. 23, 2004) (Alt Energy Blog)
- Follow-up > More Evidence For Sustainable Oil – (Rense.com; July 10, 2004)
- PhysicsWeb – Science gets hot under the crust
- Thomas Gold – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Book > The Deep Hot Biosphere: The Myth of Fossil Fuels – by Thomas Gold, Ph.D. (originally published 1999)