3 Billion Year Old Fossil Oil Discovered

The findings of this 3 Billion Year Old Fossil Oil was published in the scientific journal “Nature” on October 28th, 1998. Discovered in some rocks from Australia, Canada and South Africa, by:

  • Robert Buick, University of Sydney,
  • Birger Rasmussen, University of Western Australia,
  • Andriana Dutkievicz, CSIRO Petroleum.

With the collection of rocks (from aforementioned countries) they were found to have the remains of oil-forming bacteria. Using an electron microscope and ultraviolet lighting, they found microscopic droplets of oil imbedded in the grains of the rocks. Further analysis of the oil droplets placed this oil at 1.5 billion years older than previously known fossil oils.

Date:
      October 28th 1998
Name(s)/Occupation:
      Robert Buick, University of Sydney,
      Birger Rasmussen, University of Western Australia
      Andriana Dutkievicz, CSIRO Petroleum
Location:
      Australia, Canada and South Africa

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