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Fossil fuels or mantle derived hydrocarbons?

  1. Nov 26, 2005 #1
    This question has biologic, chemical and geophysic elements but the question is for chemical specialists. Hence my choice to post it in "chemistry".

    There is a consistent idea about fossil fuels - petroleum not being biotic but "mantle derived hydrocarbons". It has most probably been discussed before but:


    This paper argues:

    So what would be the current scholar view about the origin of earth oil? Fossil / biotic or abiotic?
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  3. Nov 26, 2005 #2
    I say fossil.
  4. Nov 28, 2005 #3


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    The strange part about most of the oil that comes from that ground is that it tends to align itself with polarized light. This is a very strong indication that it's made by living things.
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