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Monday, November 4, 2013

Abiogenic Petroleum

The conventional wisdom is that so-called fossil fuels were formed from the remains of living things that died millions of years ago. However, there are vast amounts of methane, the key component of natural gas, on Jupiter. Since most likely was never any life on Jupiter, where did the methane come from?

If it's possible that the methane on Jupiter was produced without life, isn't it possible that the methane, coal, and oil on Earth was produced without life? Russian geologist Nikolai Kudryavtsev thought so.

I'm not sure what experiments would prove that fossil fuels were produced without life, but it has not been ruled out yet. No one knows how the fossil fuels formed.

I think it is very intriguing question and I hope I live long enough to hear the answer.  

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