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Originally posted by abecedarian
2) One of the oldest known rock formations on Earth is near Hudson Bay, Canada, dated to 3.8 Billion years ago. One could rather safely assume that rocks in, around and beneath that are at least relatively, similarly aged, possibly even older. So why would there be oil, natural gas and such, located there, beneath rocks that were around before there were plants (around 1200 million years ago)?
dead plants and animals slowly decomposed into organic materials and formed fossil fuels. Different types of fossil fuels were formed depending on what combination of animal and plant debris was present, how long the material was buried, and what conditions of temperature and pressure existed when they were decomposing.
oil and natural gas were created from organisms that lived in the water and were buried under ocean or river sediments. Long after the great prehistoric seas and rivers vanished, heat, pressure and bacteria combined to compress and "cook" the organic material under layers of silt. In most areas, a thick liquid called oil formed first, but in deeper, hot regions underground, the cooking process continued until natural gas was formed.
The same types of forces also created coal, but there are a few differences. Coal formed from the dead remains of trees, ferns and other plants that lived 300 to 400 million years ago.
It's not my hypothesis but it makes perfect sense. Visit the grand canyon sometime where you can see layer upon layer of sedimentary deposits.
Originally posted by zappafan1
Also, The formation of oil by heat and pressure would drive off the gases and, being lighter than oil, would rise above it. Sorry, but your hypothesis doesn't hold water. Or oil for that matter.