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In 1992, it was thought that volcanic degassing released something like 100 million tons of CO2 each year. Around the turn of the millennium, this figure was getting closer to 200. The most recent estimate, released this February, comes from a team led by Mike Burton, of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology – and it’s just shy of 600 million tons. It caps a staggering trend: A six-fold increase in just two decades.
Since about the 1880’s, Western geologists have promoted the unproven idea that oil and gas–hydrocarbons–are scarce on this planet. That idea of scarcity of new finds, combined with the idea of depletion of old fields, appears to make empirical sense amid reports of old oil fields going dry. After all, Western geologists argue, oil is a fossil fuel, derived from organic material–dead dinosaur detritus, tree leaves, algae. And the volume of that biological detritus from some two hundred thirty million years ago is clearly finite. The only problem is that reality has now been proved to be quite the opposite of petroleum scarcity. That’s very good news, or should be, because it means that the cause for more than a century of wars, fight for scarce oil, is unnecessary. journal-neo.org...
originally posted by: 5StarOracle
a reply to: Flavian
Volcano's the most significant player in global warming thats not on the stage...
originally posted by: TheRedneck
It reinforces my belief in abiotic oil, and explains why we see so much carbon dioxide emissions from volcanoes and find coal so plentiful. Carbon at 10 atm pressure melts at about 3550 C, and under that amount of heat becomes hydrocarbons when it encounters hydrogen, coal if the temperature drops below that melting point, and gaseous carbon (which will quickly convert to carbon dioxide in the presence of oxygen) if the pressure were to be released.
I have never really been comfortable with the idea of oil being dead dinosaur squeezin's, and it's nice to see evidence supporting that.
originally posted by: Corruptedstructure
a reply to: 727Sky
"amazing" they know this since it is over 200 miles anyone has ever drilled...