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Rewriting the Textbook on Fossil Fuels

Rewriting the Textbook on Fossil Fuels

Experts say scientific understanding of deep hydrocarbons has been transformed, with new insights gained into the sources of energy that could have catalyzed and nurtured Earth’s earliest forms of life.

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Test of Hydrocarbons’ Origins Can Give Misleading Results from Open Volcanic Systems 15 August 2019 Feature

Hydrocarbons in the crust, such as the oil and natural gas that we tap to meet our energy needs,…

Biotic methane bubbles at the La Brea Tar Pits
Rewriting the Textbook on Fossil Fuels 12 April 2019 Feature

Contacts Terry Collins, +1-416-878-8712; tc@tca.tc Katie Pratt, +1-401-536-8813; katie_pratt@uri.…

Clumped Isotopologues Reveal Methane’s Origins 14 January 2019 Feature

Understanding the origins of a methane reservoir can reveal a lot about what’s happening in the…

When Water Meets Rock
The First Steps When Water Meets Rock 12 December 2018 Feature

When water encounters certain magnesium- and iron-rich mantle minerals, exciting things can happen…

CCM in serpentinite
Clumps of Organic Carbon Found Within Serpentinites 28 November 2018 Feature

In theory, the process of serpentinization, where seawater infiltrates and reacts with the mantle…

Natural Gas Diagrams Get a Makeover 26 October 2018 Feature

Methane in the subsurface can come from three sources: microbes, the high-temperature breakdown of…

Under the Right Conditions, Subduction Zone ‘Factories’ May Manufacture Abiotic Hydrocarbons 25 September 2018 Feature

Subduction zones, where the edge of one tectonic plate slips beneath another, have earned the…

A Hot and Deep Origin of Methane in Seafloor Hydrothermal Springs 16 February 2018 Feature

A new study by DCO researchers finds striking similarities between methane from very diverse vents…

Hydrocarbons Form Surprisingly High Up in Earth’s Mantle 21 August 2017 Feature

Rather than forming from living material, abiogenic hydrocarbons form from inorganic reactions…

Alkaline Springs May Signal an Overlooked Part of the Methane Budget 2 August 2017 Feature

Much research on subsurface methane has focused on biotic methane, which is produced by…

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