Geysers and Oil Wells

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Oil is referred to as a “fossil fuel” since it is believed to be residue of millions of dead organisms that collected on the seafloor

  • As the theory goes, over millions of years the organic material was covered by sediments, sand, clay and limestone
  • This eventually choked out the Oxygen and enabled bacteria to begin breaking down the organic (or carbon-based) material
  • As more layers of sediment (and rock) accumulated atop the bacteria laden matter, pressure began to build up
  • The pressure grew so big so that in time, the organic matter was broken into hydrocarbon material that today comprises the great fuel sources seen in the world today
  • These include oil, natural gas, and bitumen (i.e., asphalt and tar) 1

Of course, no one has been around for millions of years to observe whether this theory is true

  • The fact is that we are not even sure oil is fossil-derived (i.e., coming from organic matter) at all 2
  • An entire other theory has recently arisen that suggests oil is derived from the interaction of inorganic methane gas with the intense pressures and temperatures found between the earth’s crust and its mantle
  • Oil in this scenario is entirely renewal and non-fossil based 3

Regardless of which theory is true, both scenarios may in fact argue for a young earth

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If the organic theory of oil generation is true (i.e., if it is truly a fossil fuel), then you have a time limiting factor resident as seen by the existence of oil geysers

  • This is because rock is permeable and viscous 4
  • This basically means that over time, oil should seep through rock over the course of several thousand years 5

We think of rock as being solid through and through and that’s that – but of course, it is not

  • Rock, as is the case with any solid, is permeable
    • This means that over time, liquids should eventually seep through
    • Given enough time the pressure should be alleviated 6

Instead, we still see the existence of geysers when oil is found – this means that oil has not had enough time to have the built-up pressure dissipated

  • Studies suggest that such dissipation only needs a few thousand years 7
  • Many wells deal with oil pressures of between 10,000 and 20,000 pounds per square inch (psi)
  • Due to rock permeability, such pressure should dissipate within 10,000 to 15,000 years 8

In case you have any doubts, note that every day oil seeps into the ocean’s floor as a result of seepage through solid rock 9

The fact that the pressure is still so stout, argues for a much younger oil generation cycle – and quite frankly, a much younger earth

Alternatively, if the inorganic theory of oil generation is true, then you have nowhere near the time requirement for oil to be formed

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This map depicts the distribution of the permeability of rock across North America

  • The higher the negative number, the less permeable the rock is (and the longer it takes for seepage to take place) 10

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