Generation of Oil-Like Pyrolyzates from Organic-Rich Shales

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Science  02 Mar 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4383, pp. 897-899
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4383.897


Pyrolyzates similar to natural crude oils were generated from organic-rich shales by hydrous pyrolysis. With this type of pyrolysis it is possible to make more sophisticated correlations between crude oils and their source rocks, evaluate the hydrocarbon potential of a source rock, and elucidate the variables involved in the natural oil-generating process.

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