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Max Planck scientists discover giant field ... 1,300 light years away

HOUSTON -- Scientists have found an oil field which contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than there is water on the whole of the Earth. It is around 1,300 light years away.

The scientists work at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and using the 30-m telescope of the Institute for Radio Astronomy they discovered a vast cloud of hydrocarbons within the Horsehead Nebula galaxy in the Orion constellation.

Upon discovery of the cloud IRAM astronomer Viviana Guzman declared that, "The nebula contains 200 times more hydrocarbons than the total amount of water on Earth!" This is equivalent to 155,238,095,238,095,250,000 bbl.

These hydrocarbons were likely created by the fragmentation of giant carbonaceous molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are produced during the death of a star. There is even a theory that molecules such as these could have served as the first organic compounds for creating life.

James Burgess in oilprice.com

12/23/2012

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