Abiogenic Methane and the Origin of Petroleum

  title={Abiogenic Methane and the Origin of Petroleum},
  author={T. Gold and S. Soter},
  journal={Energy Exploration & Exploitation},
  pages={104 - 89}
  • T. Gold, S. Soter
  • Published 1982
  • Geology
  • Energy Exploration & Exploitation
  • The concentration of carbon at the surface of the Earth is the result of a gradual seepage of carbon-bearing gases from the deeper layers. There is a growing body of evidence that these gases are not always oxidized, as had been generally assumed, but that a substantial proportion emerges as methane. Complex organic molecules of non-biological origin are very abundant in some meteorites and must have been incorporated by the accreting Earth. Methane generated from such materials in the mantle… CONTINUE READING
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