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Journal of Petroleum Geology

Abstract

Journal of Petroleum Geology, Vol.3, No.3, pp. 427-444, 1981

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COOL SHALLOW ORIGIN OF PETROLEUM--MICROBIAL GENESIS AND SUBSEQUENT DEGRADATION

Zhang Yi-gang*

*Central Laboratories of Petroleum Geology, Ministry of Geology, Wuxi Jiangsu, The People's Republic of China


Abstract

The thermodynamic equilibria of petroleum hydrocarbons and the geographic and depth distributions of oil occurrences suggest that petroleum is formed at shallow depths and low temperatures. The currently prevailing theory of origin from kerogen is inconsistent with known data, especially in relation to the non-marine oils of China.

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