Like the title says. I"m guessing tens of thousands of years?
Please start posting mainstream sources for all statements of fact.Actually, since you talk about microorganisms getting buried, I'll be that there are regions of the ocean which are forming oil in this sort of way. An interesting tangentially related fact is that single-celled organisms in the ocean produce like 50% (still) of the Earth's O2.
I've heard that peak oil hit in 2005 and that production isn't increasing anymore. And even with aggressive implementation of renewable sources (which being a collective politics action, is unlikely) oil will still be central.
Is a National Geographic article acceptable?Please start posting mainstream sources for all statements of fact.
Who? Me? Are forests micro-organisms now?vjk2 said:Actually, since you talk about microorganisms getting buried,
vjk2 is OP - I gather vjk2 has some specific method of geoengineering new oil deposits in mind or some idea that more oil may be getting made quickly as we write.Evo said:I'm not really sure why this thread is still open, the OP's question was already answered.
It sounds like what you need is a basic understanding of how oil is formed. I suggest that you read this.http://www.popsci.com/science/artic...p-earth-no-dead-animal-ingredients-study-says
Well, this is sort of what I had in mind, as what could possibly be happening, basically ocean bio matter being buried by subduction zones in the ocean, then being subject to the pressures that might produce oil.
I believe most oil is formed from from small single-celled marine organisms
(skip to the "formation" section).
... and OP responds with pop-science sources?! One of them is even called "pop science".me said:preferably from main-stream sources other than newspapers or pop-science.
What does this have to do with your OP? What, exactly, is your question?It's too bad Aaron Swartz didn't succeed in making JSTOR's content available to all. Anyways, the pop-sci article referenced researchers in national laboratories.
Here is the article (linked from pop-sci)
Is that "respectable" enough?