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Deep Squeeze: Experiments point to methane in Earth's mantle

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2:27pm, September 22, 2004

Although today's fossil fuel reserves reside in Earth's crust, a new study suggests that hydrocarbon fuel might also nestle in the mantle, at depths of 100 kilometers or more. Determining whether fossil fuels can form in these extreme environments could not only point to new energy sources but also open a new avenue for origin-of-life researchers.

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