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Destroying the “Fossil Fuel” theory of the origin of oil

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May 24, 2012 in Science


A proper understanding of the planet we live on would involve comprehension of several key facts.

1: The vast majority of the material that constitutes the planet Earth lies within it, as opposed to the exterior (crust) on which we live. That fact is the very essence of Earth’s gravity itself.

2: The closer to the center we go, the higher the temperature. The high temperatures closer to the center turn solids into liquids. Stone, for example, which is solid in our normal experience of it, leaves Earth’s interior as a highly viscous liquid known as magma.

3: This liquid interior of the Earth is subject to centrifugal force, due to the spinning of the earth on its axis.

4: This liquid finds its way into the nooks and crannies of the underside of the crust. This turns the idea of “fossil fuel” deposits on its head. Rather than coming from formerly living material, that liquid is a direct byproduct of the chemical reactions which occur in the intense heat and pressure which are constant >

5: All elements found on the planet Earth can also be found in it. The combination of all these elements of various colors (which includes a large amount of carbon on which all forms of life is based) will combine to become black. Therefore, the very blood of the planet is seen as black. Because of the many uses for this substance and its corresponding financial value, it has been given the name black gold.

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5 responses to Destroying the “Fossil Fuel” theory of the origin of oil

  1. Oil fields refilling. Is that oil coming from the surface? That is absurd. That oil is migrating upward the core, or more likely, from the upper mantle.

    The BP oil gusher was coming from 10kmbelow the bottom of the gulf. That is under about a kilometer of water!!!!!!!!! Not a place where you’d find much dead animal and plant matter, right?



  2. Here is another well-researched, sensible rebuttal of fossil fuel theory:

  3. here is a well written and sourced essay on the debunking of Fossil Fuel theory:

    Inorganic Origin of Petroleum

    The theory of Inorganic Origin of Petroleum (synonyms: abiogenic, abiotic, abyssal, endogenous, juvenile, mineral, primordial) states that petroleum and natural gas is formed by non-biological processes deep in the Earth, crust and mantle. This contradicts the traditional view that the oil would be a “fossil fuel” produced by remnants of ancient organisms. Oil is a hydrocarbon mixture in which the primary constituent is mainly methane CH4 (a molecule composed of one carbon atom bonded to four hydrogen atoms). The occurrence of methane is common in Earth’s interior, with the possible formation of hydrocarbons at great depths.

    The beginnings of this theory dates from the 19th Century when the French chemist Marcellin Berthelot and the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev proposed to explain the origin of oil and their theories were revived in the decade after 1950.

    Hydrocarbons such as natural gas and oil are primordial materials i.e., were originally embedded to Earth during process of planetary accretion and have no intrinsic connection with biological material near the surface of the Earth. Several studies based on thermodynamics; experiments of high pressure-temperature; many evidences from geophysical, geochemical and geological data, combined with information from space probes and telescopes in Solar System and Universe have clearly demonstrated the abiotic origin of oil.

    The inorganic theory contrasts with the ideas that posit the exhaustion of oil (Peak Oil), which assumes that the oil would be formed from biological processes and thus would occur only in small quantities and sets, tending to exhaust. According to the Abiogenic (Abiotic) Theory, hydrocarbons are very abundant on the planet but the search for discovery of commercial accumulations is not simple because it must pass through understanding of geology of the favorable areas and especially understand the real nature of oil and natural gas.

    Dmitri Mendeleev (1834-1907)
    “The capital fact to note is that petroleum was born in the depths of the Earth, and is only there that we must seek its origin” — Dmitri Mendeleev, 1877.

    Marcellin Berthelot (1827-1907)

    “Do these fuels result always and necessarily in one way from the decomposition of a pre-existing organic substance? Is it thus with the hydrocarbons so frequently observed in volcanic eruptions and emanations, and to which M. Ch. Sainte-Claire Deville has called attention in recent years? Finally, must one assign a parallel origin to carbonaceous matter and to hydrocarbons contained in certain meteorites, and which appear to have an origin foreign to our planet? These are questions on which the opinion of many distinguished geologists does not as yet appear to be fixed.” — Marcellin Berthelot, 1866

  4. Trip said on May 24, 2012

    How does the fact that rock is liquefied, in #4, turn the idea of fossil fuels (which I presume you’re limiting to petroleum crude) on its head?

    And while you indicate that all elements found on the planet surface are also found “in it” (which is only true to a degree), how is petroleum “an element”, an how do the elemental constituents of that petroleum coalesce in one area, to then become petroleum itself, and thereby become a recoverable volume?

    The science of recovering oil from the ground, requires three things: 1) a source where the oil is generated from 2) a reservoir consisting of semi-permeable rock strata able to contain the oil once it is formed, and 3) a “Cap” above and around that reservoir strata to prohibit it from migrating and diffusing through the above strata, with that migration making it unrecoverable. In your own view, how do all these requirements come together, particular all the source materials to result in the petroleum, according to the abiotic petroleum theory, to allow the formation of recoverable oil?

    Just for reference, I am a geologist.

    • It’s good to know you’re a geologist. I’m looking for people like you to offer criticism. Admittedly I am not a geologist. I’m a philosopher and political scientist by university education. A geologist like you is exactly what I’m looking for!

      Obviously oil (and all other “fossil fuels”) is more than just an element, but it is the carbon of the “carbon footprint” .was referring to. 1) I would say the oil is generated in the center of the earth as is magma. How is stone created? Granite, for example.

      I’m a bit unclear about what you mean with 2 and 3.there is a lot of liquid material in the mantle I believe. The crust which is the formerly liquid mantle cooled to a solid. The liquid center is under the influence of centrifugal force due to the spinning of the Earth on its axis.

      I’m no geologist but I can think of no reason that oil would come gushing out of a 6-mile newly drilled tube. unless centrifugal force was impelling the forerly contained liquid mantle.

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