Crazy, was I? Hmmmm?

April 19, 2011

Image from the computer model showing methane molecules forming longer hydrocarbon molecules.

Way back in July of 2008 I wrote a post about a theory that oil had been produced by volcanoes, not by the transformation of organic material like dinosaur poop, which still seems to be the current theory. I also mentioned a theory that some Russian scientists had that oil creation was part of a natural geologic process, requiring no plant or animal matter at all – the so-called “sustainable oil” hypothesis. Now there is more evidence these Russki fellers might be on the right track: scientists from several institutions did computer modeling using the Mako computer cluster at UC Berkeley and found that it’s possible to create longer hydrocarbon molecules from methane molecules, which are the simplest.

It’s interesting to note that the research was sponsored by Shell…


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