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Deep biosphere research points to new methods for recovering petroleum
Date:10/8/2008

ganic geochemical reactions deep in the Earth's crust to the support of microbes in the deep biosphere. In the process, the researchers plan to test new ideas about how petroleum forms from deeply buried organic matter, including the direct involvement of deep biosphere microbes. That deeply buried organic material is the precursor to petroleum, but it may also be the food that many microbes need to survive.

"By understanding organic synthesis reactions in the deep biosphere, we may find better organic and inorganic tracers to aid in finding petroleum resources and recovering them in more environmentally friendly ways," says Williams.


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Arizona State University
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