Or simply put, Crude Oil.
Ever wonder where oil comes from? I do. Science tells us that crude oil is the result of “compression and heating of ancient organic materials”(1) over long periods of time—typically, millions of years. As a child, I was taught that is was the remains of prehistoric animals such as dinosaurs (as opposed to coal, which is the remains of plants). Today, the prevailing thought is that oil comes from the remains of prehistoric zooplankton and algae(1)—using chemistry and geology to bear out the theories. I do not know that anyone has tried to verify this through mathematics—so here are my questions for the world of science to noodle, but with a few facts first:
- The world consumes about 30,000,000,000 barrels of oil a year (30 billion)(1)
- Since 1980, the world has produced between 59.6 million and 66.9 million barrels of oil per day(2)
- Oil has been found at depths between 115 feet and 38,000 feet(3) with the deepest off-shore rig going down 5,610 feet below the water’s surface before even hitting anything solid(4)
- How did this bio matter come to be buried under so much earth?
- How did so much bio matter exist at the same time in prehistory to have been metabolized into oil now?
- Is the process still happening today and if so, where is that evidence?
- Why are there some areas of the world where oil is not found?
- Why does it seem that the Middle East has such a high concentration of this bio matter byproduct?
- How did the Arctic regions get so much?
- What do the answers to 4, 5 & 6 have to say about climate changes?
I’m just curious. Well, I’m a bit cynical too. It doesn’t seem logical that there would be so much oil available if what scientist say is correct. Or, the concept we have of the prehistoric world is greatly misunderstood.