posted on Dec, 16 2007 @ 09:22 AM
O.K. a little odd of a thought. But lets say we make it to Mars (either human or robotic) and do some drilling and accidentally "strike" oil on
Mars. Ignoring the inevitable political jokes about big-oil, American's "war for oil", knocks on Bush, or anything of that nature...What would the
discovery of oil say about Mars' past?
Does it mean that perhaps oil is not formed they way we think it is, by decayed organic matter?
If oil is formed the way we think it is, would that be solid evidence of a lush Mars in the past?
How long does it take oil to form? And how long does it hang around under the surface? Would it be possible to have oil deposits so old that any and
all evidence of the life that formed it would have vanished, perhaps, billions of years ago? Would oil hang out underground for billions of years, or
would it be chemically altered into something else after that long? If so, could we search for those trace chemicals that would indicate oil -was-
present in certain rocks?
A lot of questions, I know. But might promote a neat discussion?
edit to add I just did a search about this topic and found a few, so ignore this one if you want. But some of the other topics were more along the
lines of other things than what I had in mind
[edit on 16-12-2007 by IgnoreTheFacts]