Guest Column: Oil is everywhere
By M.L. Simon
Our current theories of where oil comes from say that it is a product of buried dead plants that take millions of years under high pressure to turn into oil and natural gas; but what if its not true. What if the earth is full of oil? Brimming with oil. Bursting with oil.
This seems just too fantastic to believe. How could it be true?
Let us examine a few facts. What do we know about the local universe we live in and the origins of the earth? We know our local area has quite a few comets made of ice, stones and hydrocarbons. We know that as part of the process of the formation of the earth, it was bombarded for millions of years by these comets. If this was the case, the earth ought to have buried in it hydrocarbons in similar proportions to what we find in comets. If that was true, then we should have not just 20 or 50 years of oil left but 2,000 to 10,000 years at current consumption rates.
What proof do we have of this oil bonanza?
Astrophysicist Thomas Gold has looked into this idea for a number of years. He says that oil and coal deposits are too widely and deeply distributed to be a function of biological processes. He got the government of Sweden to drill a hole 6.6 Km deep in quartz rock in a search for deep hydrocarbons. What did he find? Hydrocarbons and magnetite. The significance of that is that underground bacteria are eating the oil and using the oxygen from iron ore for their energy source. Magnetite is a reduced form of iron ore containing less oxygen than your typical rust-like ores. Iron ores have the oxygen less tightly bound than sand and other rocks, so the bacteria would tend to use it first.
What else do we find in relative abundance in so-called fossil fuels? Helium. Helium is not concentrated by biological processes. It is, however, created by astrophysical processes. Our sun burns hydrogen and makes helium. Supernovas are also a source of helium and all the metals heavier than iron.
If what Dr. Gold believes based on the evidence is true, there should be loads of hydrocarbons, in the large and small bodies of the solar system. Mercury and Venus are too hot to have any free hydrocarbons but every body from Earth on out ought to have plenty. We know this is true for the gas giants such as Jupiter and the moon of Saturn, Titan. It should also be true of our moon, and there are indications that this is so.
We know that there are kinds of bacteria that can live in a hot high-pressure environment. Dr. Gold estimates that there is as much life on a tonnage basis below the earth as above. In fact, Dr. Gold believes that almost all the major astrophysical bodies in our solar system could harbor bacterial life. The moon may have life buried just a few kilometers down from the surface. Titan may be brimming with life.
There are also other indications of vast sources of hydrocarbons on Earth. Subsea reservoirs of oil in the Gulf of Mexico are refilling. Sometimes oil fields give two to three times as much oil as is estimated possible from initial known geological conditions.
If this is the case, and I believe it is, that the best place to look for oil is in fields that have been depleted and have been idle for 20, 50, or 100 years. America is full of fields like that. Now that the pressure of the oil has been released by pumping it out, new oil can seep to the surface. All we need to do to verify a field is ready for re-pumping is use modern 3D oil exploration techniques derived from the medical tomography field to verify that the known old fields have replenished themselves. The really good part is that we know where the old fields are and can explore them relatively inexpensively.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Golds work, you can read a one-page version here: http://people.cornell.edu/pages/tg21/Natgas.html or a longer version here: http://people.cornell.edu/pages/tg21/. A gas and oil industry report on the work is here: http://www.gsreport.com/articles/art000019.html. And an interview with Dr. Gold is here: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.07/gold_pr.html.
M. L. Simon is an industrial controls designer and Free Market Green. (c) M. Simon – All rights reserved.
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