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Digging for Oil is Tapping into the Past

March 8, 2013

Armen Nahabedian, CEO, President, and Director of Citadel Exploration, Inc., and others in the oil and natural gas industry bring to consumers resources that are millions of years old. Though you may not realize it, the gas you pump into your car comes from an organism that lived before the dinosaurs. The oil Armen Nahabedian’s teams look for, which is eventually processed into useable gasoline, was created by diatoms—tiny sea creatures that lived 300 million years ago. By tapping into layers of rock miles underneath the surface, experts such as Armen Nahabedian actually reach back into Earth’s pre-history.

All fossil fuels–coal, oil, and natural gas–come from previously living beings, both plant and animal. Hundreds of millions of years ago these living organisms, such as diatoms, absorbed energy from the sun or food, stored it in their bodies, and eventually died. Layers and layers of sediment and rock eventually covered their bodies. The rocks compressed the dead organisms so that energy contained in the bodies could not escape. As the earth’s layers shifted and continued to compress this energy over millions of years, coal, oil, and gas formed.


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