Natural catalytic activity in a marine shale for generating natural gas

@inproceedings{Mango2010NaturalCA,
  title={Natural catalytic activity in a marine shale for generating natural gas},
  author={Domenico Mango and Daniel M. Jarvie and Eleanor Herriman},
  year={2010}
}
Many organic-rich rocks are major sources of oil and gas in sedimentary basins presumably through high-temperature thermal cracking. This view was brought into question with recent reports of marine shales generating catalytic gas in the laboratory at 50◦C, 300◦C below thermal-cracking temperatures. Gas forms under natural conditions without artificial stimulation. Compositions of methane, ethane and propane are near thermodynamic equilibrium (2C2H6 = CH4 + C3H8) mirroring those in natural… CONTINUE READING

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