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Oil drying up as world remains unaware
#21
Well, your "biologically generated carbonates" and John's alchemical solution are quite different.
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#22
True, but that explanation does give a continual supply of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen for the abiogenisis. We need someone with a knowledge of plate tectonics to comment on whether is is a feasible explanation.
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#23
I wonder if John is confusing Kerogen with anorganic matter. Looks like ordinary rock.
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#24
jt Wrote:
Fredledingue Wrote:Last but not least, even if this source of oil is significant, it's not renewable and not "constantly produced", since that would requires carbon, oxygen and hydrogen being trapped back deep in the earth. So far only biological processes are known effective natural ways to trap these gas in large quantities.
Subduction during plate tectonics can transport biologically generated carbonates and associated water to the mantle layer.

Yes, but then we are talking about biotic oil. Nothing less.
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#25
That is correct, fredl... . However, it is not biotic in the usual sense. In the usual sense, plant detritus collected in various pools and is metamorphosed into oil. In the subduction sense, calcium carbonate was formed by various sea animals, large and small, and then moved to the low mantle where it was transformed. So, it would be biological in ultimate origin, but not biotic as the conventional idea of oil formation goes. I'm not sure anyone knows how much C exists in the Earth's core.
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