Hydrothermal oil of Guaymas Basin and implications for petroleum formation mechanisms

Abstract

PETROLEUM-LIKE hydrocarbons have been detected in thermally altered Recent sediments of Guaymas Basin1–5 and petroleum-like hydrocarbon impregnations were found in hydrothermal mounds on the sea floor and associated with hydrothermal vent emissions5–9. Here we report the evaluation of such a hydrothermal oil, which we find to be similar to conventionally… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/342065a0

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