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Write a song about oil

  1. Dec 14, 2005 #1
    While searching the web determine the following:

    How oil is created and trapped deep under the earth

    How we uncover that oil and bring it to the surface

    In your research find and define the words in the chart below. Aim at an understanding of how you would used these terms as they are related to the formation and mining of oil.

    Because here is the kicker - you will include the words in your song.
    You must include them all:

    sediments
    decomposition
    kerogen
    pressure
    permeable or permeability
    organic
    reaction
    reservoir rock
    heat or temperature
    hydrocarbons
    carbon dioxide
    burning
    water
    porosity or pores
    trap


    Grading - Your song should do the following:

    Creatively demonstrate an understanding of concept/content through the song.

    State from three to five important points to remember.

    State the main idea/theme clearly and concisely.

    Have few grammatical, syntax and/or spelling errors.

    Assist the listener in understanding the topic/content.


    Being that this is the first assignment of the week and, despite it being Wednesday, no one has done it yet, I'm going to guess I'm not the only one struggling.:rofl:

    The first step, I figured, was connecting all of the words to oil and then trying to make them rhyme or something...somehow.:frown: I'm going to try to write a poem instead as I don't know the first thing about writing songs and I don't think he'll mind. I'll put down the information I've found thus far...

    I have a question first though...when talking about oil, can I change that to petroleum? I mean, he gave us three sites to use but I'm not entirely sure if petroleum and oil are the exact same thing or if petroleum is a type of oil. Either way, two of the three sites he directed us two talk quite a bit about petroleum so I wanted to check first...

    reservoir rock: Sometimes, the petroleum and natural gas would slowly fill the tiny holes within nearby porous rocks, which geologists call reservoir rocks.

    water: oil is formed under wet conditions

    heat/temperature & pressure: both are required to make oil

    porosity/pores: oil gets trapped in pores

    trap: oil gets trapped in pores
     
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  3. Dec 14, 2005 #2

    Pengwuino

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    Oil, in this context, is the same as petroleum.

    What kind of assignment is this anyways?
     
  4. Dec 14, 2005 #3
    I don't know but I don't know how I'm going to do it...I don't even know where to start.:cry: I have to figure something out though as my grade in Chemistry is pushing the limits and I've been working my butt off to bring it back up. Actually, I worked so hard that I caught up...but now I've hit a wall again.:grumpy:
     
  5. Dec 16, 2005 #4

    matthyaouw

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    You'll need to say why this is. Talk about what organisms make oil, and where they live.
    http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/systems/energy_capture/capture.html
    Why else is water important? Think about what happens to oil or petrolium spilled on water, and why this is. Try to relate this to traps. which I've covered below.

    Try to say breifly why this is. What happens to the sediment after it is buried?
    http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/systems/maturation/maturation.html

    Traps refer to geological structures that allow oil to build up in large quantities.
    http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/systems/traps/structural/structural.html#fault

    If you need any more help, just ask.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2005
  6. Dec 16, 2005 #5
    Crude oil, liquid hydrocarbon
    Liquid carbon and oxygen mix
    Buried deep below the Earth's surface
    Trapped by fault traps in the reservoir rocks
    Trapped by impermeable rock


    *Keeping track of the vocab words*:tongue:

    sediments
    decomposition
    kerogen
    pressure
    permeable or permeability (he should take what I have down)
    organic
    reaction
    reservoir rock
    heat or temperature
    hydrocarbons
    carbon dioxide
    burning
    water
    porosity or pores
    trap

    Could someone tell me if that's correct thus far? I've, basically, given up on it rhyming so nevermind that.:rofl:

    Could someone explain to me what kerogen is? I've looked it up but am not really able to connect it to anything..."The hydrocarbon in oil shale." Shale?:confused:
     
  7. Dec 16, 2005 #6

    matthyaouw

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    Sounds good so far, but don't forget that hydrogen is also a constituent of a hydrocarbon.

    Here is a definition of Kerogen:
    From here: http://www.glossary.oilfield.slb.com/Display.cfm?Term=kerogen

    A shale is a fine grained mud/clay based sedimentary rock. An oil shale refers to one that is a source rock for oil.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shale
     
  8. Dec 16, 2005 #7
    Again, no rhyming so this kind of sounds like...eh...but, then again, how many songs rhyme all the time?:tongue:

    Crude oil, liquid hydrocarbon
    Liquid hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen mix
    Burned deep below the Earth's surface
    Trapped by fault traps in the reservoir rocks
    Trapped by impermeable rocks
    Is oil, formed by decomposed organic matter
    Heated up and "pressured into" reacting
    By sediments compacting
    Squeezed into pores


    If that's correct thus far, all I've got left is kerogen, water, and burning. Let's see...

    Kerogen, insoluble organic matter
    Not dissolved at all by water
    Burning up, yields more oil
     
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