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Power from the Earth Hardcover – July 23, 1987

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Ltd (July 23, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0460044621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0460044622
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 1987 book has splendid information that sheds light on the origin and mechanism of earthquake. The information comes in the wake of the author's thesis that hydrocarbon gas and liquid originated in Deep Earth (Mantle). Contrary to popular stories about Dr. Thomas Gold's (author) bent on the Non-biological Origin of Petroleum, this book shows his respect (objectively and materially) for the anti-thesis, that is, Biogenic Theory (or hypothesis?) on the Origin of Petroleum.

Dr. Gold died in 2004, and after his death, publications in the US National Academy of Science's portal vindicate his thesis. Both thermodynamic and experimental work (using Diamond Anvil Cell, DAC, which created extreme conditions of temperature and pressure representative of Earth's Mantle) show that not only methane gas is produced from carbonate rock and water, but at extreme pressure and temperature conditions methane polymerize. to heavier hydrocarbons (up to gasoline range proved). Late Thomas Gold would certainly turn in his grave at these findings, only in happiness.

Having said that, the English prose is enjoyable at the beginning, but soon descriptions become less enjoyable for lack of topical sub-structures. A lot of 'thoughts' bubbling in the author;s rich mind could find better expression in black and white. I suggest the book is re-written, including latest scientific information, on both Biogenic and Non-biogenic evidences on the origin of petroleum.
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