There is one fossil fuel that is usually omitted from fossil fuel lists – it is methane, or more properly methane hydrate. It is formed by plants originally, or was formed I should say when a swampy planet was subject to natural forces that combined swamp gas (methane) with water under high pressure caused by geological movements and faults.
The result is methane hydrate in a crystalline form known as clathrate. It looks like frozen lattice work, burns as easily as natural gas, and is deposited around most of the planet either hundreds of metres below the sea floor or a few metres under the frozen wastes of the Northern Hemisphere. (more…)
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