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Oilfield heresy. Hydrocarbons are ubiquitous. They are found in space, out-gassing from volcanoes and Mid-Ocean ridge vents; in soils; in the atmospheres of several planets and at least one moon – Saturn’s Titan. They have been made in small quantities in laboratories, both by “cooking” organics, and by combining inorganic compounds under extreme heat and pressure. And of course, there are thermogenically produced hydrocarbons from organic-rich source rocks.

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