Topic 2
Formation of Hydrocarbons

 

What does the big bang have to do with oil and natural gas?

Just before the big bang, all of the energy in the Universe existed in a single point. We can trace the path of some of that energy from the big bang to the oil and natural gas we use today.

What roles do microorganisms, photosynthesis, and carbon-rich sediment play in this story?

To understand the path from the big bang to today’s oil and natural gas, we need to determine how oil and natural gas are formed. Organic chemistry, hydrocarbons, the history of the Universe, microorganisms, photosynthesis, and carbon-rich sediment will help us understand exactly how hydrocarbons are formed.

Learn More

To learn more about how the Universe began with a “big bang” of energy, and how, many years later, microscopic organisms buried deep in sedimentary basins transformed into hydrocarbons, check out Energy 201: Formation of Hydrocarbons.