Primordial Oil Slick

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Science  01 Oct 1971:
Vol. 174, Issue 4004, pp. 53-55
DOI: 10.1126/science.174.4004.53


Calculations and some preliminary experiments suggest that an early methane atmosphere would have been polymerized by solar ultraviolet radiation in geologically short periods of time. An oil slick 1 to 10 meters thick could have been produced in this way and might well have been of considerable importance in the development of life.

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