Abiogenic origin of petroleum hydrocarbons: Need to rethink exploration strategies

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dc.contributor.author Paropkari, A.L.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-21T06:22:36Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-21T06:22:36Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Current Science, vol.95; 1018-1020p.
dc.identifier.uri http://drs.nio.org/drs/handle/2264/1485
dc.description.abstract The origin of petroleum hydrocarbons is a matter of debate since its discovery. During last several decades it is firmly believed that the origin of petroleum hydrocarbons is 'biogenic' due to chemical similarity between the natural hydrocarbons and the organic matter that is being formed and deposited. As against, now a days there is growing belief that the origin of petroleum is not the 'biogenic (fossil fuel)' but is the 'abiogenic'. This hypothesis is supported by increasing body of evidences such as ubiquity of hydrocarbons in the solar system, thermodynamic considerations, occurrence of hydrocarbons in hydrothermal vents, continuous methane upwelling from interior of earth, presence of biologically inert helium with methane and non-depletion of petroleum deposits since long. Considering these strong evidences, it is suggested to explore the onshore and offshore regions characterized by faults, gas escape features, mud diapirs and mud volcanoes for detailed abiogenic hydrocarbon exploration. In addition, the regions beyond the EEZ may be also explored for abiogenic hydrocarbons
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Current Science Association
dc.rights Copyright [2008]. All efforts have been made to respect the copyright to the best of our knowledge. Inadvertent omissions, if brought to our notice, stand for correction and withdrawal of document from this repository.
dc.subject petroleum hydrocarbons
dc.subject exploration
dc.subject fossil fuel
dc.subject hydrothermal vents
dc.title Abiogenic origin of petroleum hydrocarbons: Need to rethink exploration strategies
dc.type Journal Article

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