New concept on the origin of petroleum and natural gas deposits

TitleNew concept on the origin of petroleum and natural gas deposits
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHerndon J.M
JournalJournal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number2190-0558
Accession NumberWOS:000401720400003
KeywordsOil and Gas Degradation
AbstractThe scientific basis that underlies the geology of petroleum and natural gas deposit origination has for the past five decades been based upon plate tectonics theory. However, plate tectonics theory depends critically upon physically impossible mantle convection. I have disclosed a new indivisible geoscience paradigm, called whole-Earth decompression dynamics, that begins with and is the consequence of our planet's early formation as a Jupiter-like gas giant and which permits deduction of: (1) earth's internal composition and highly reduced oxidation state; (2) core formation without whole-planet melting; (3) powerful new internal energy sources, protoplanetary energy of compression and 'georeactor' nuclear fission energy; (4) mechanism for heat emplacement at the base of the crust; (5) georeactor geomagnetic field generation; (6) decompression-driven geodynamics that accounts for the myriad of observations attributed to plate tectonics without requiring physically impossible mantle convection; and (7) a mechanism for fold-mountain formation that does not necessarily require plate collision. Here, I describe from that new framework the scientific basis that underlies a new concept for the geological origin of petroleum and natural gas deposits.