Monday, May 29, 2017

Geological Fact of the Month - Fossil Fuels

The next post on my Geological Fun Fact series

Fossil Fuels: 
Are fossil fuels actually made of dinosaurs? 




No! Despite the common misconception, most fossil fuels do not actually come from dinosaurs or fossils for that matter. Oil and natural gas formed mostly from bacteria that died and blanketed the bottom of the sea before being buried and “cooked” into the fossil fuels we all know and love. Coal on the other hand, does sort of come from fossils. Coal was formed in prehistoric swamps from plant matter that never biodegraded due to low oxygen content of swamps and preserved the organic matter to be “cooked” into coal.

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