Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 2 months ago

if petroleum comes from dead plants why is buried so deep?

did the earth moved so much or what?

5 Answers

  • Bob
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, the surface of the Earth has moved.

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It requires heat and pressure to turn organic matter into oil. Masses of vegetation torn up in the early stages of Noah's Flood got covered by deep layers of sediment providing the conditions for formation of coal and oil.

  • 2 months ago

    Darn sediments just keep on being carried down off the continents, day after day, year after year, century after century, millions upon millions of years in some areas.  Can't even convert dead plant matter to petroleum in nature except by deep burial and raising the temperature and pressure.

  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Oil / coal began the forming process about  300,000,000 years ago and the Earth does move that much over such a long time. BTW, there will never be large scale fossil fuel generation again because now we have bacteria that rot plants and turn them into soil.

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  • 2 months ago

    I guess that it is because of the volcanoes erruptions. The dust and ash repeatedly covers the Earth.

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