posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 05:55 PM
It runs modern society and fuels serious political tension. But where does oil really come from, and how much is left? The far-out possibilities might
Nature has been transmuting dead life into black gold for millions of years using little more than heat, pressure and time, scientists tell us.
But with gas prices spiking more than $1 per gallon in the United States this year and some experts predicting that the end of oil is near, scientists
still don't know for sure where oil comes from, how long it took to make, or how much there is.
A so-called fossil fuel, petroleum is believed by most scientists to be the transformed remains of long dead organisms. The majority of petroleum is
thought to come from the fossils of plants and tiny marine organisms. Larger animals might contribute to the mix as well.