Origin of Messel Oil Shale kerogen

@article{Goth1988OriginOM,
  title={Origin of Messel Oil Shale kerogen},
  author={K. Goth and Jan de Leeuw and W. P{\"u}ttmann and E. W. Tegelaar},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1988},
  volume={336},
  pages={759-761}
}
Despite many investigations concerning the insoluble organic matter in sediments (kerogen), its chemical nature and origin are only poorly understood. Here we report the results of a combined microscopy and chemical study of the Messel Oil Shale which shed light on the mechanism of kerogen formation. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the overwhelming presence of cell-wall remains of Tetraedron-like microalgae which are virtually indistinguishable from those of the widely occurring extant… CONTINUE READING
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