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Oil Shale

July 18, 2017

Oil shales are fine-grained sedimentary rocks formed in many different depositional environments (terrestrial, lacustrine, marine) containing large quantities of thermally immature organic matter in the forms of kerogen and bitumen. If defined from an economic standpoint, a rock containing a sufficient concentration of oil-prone kerogen to generate economic quantities of synthetic crude oil upon heating to high temperatures (350–600 °C) in the absence of oxygen (pyrolysis) can be considered an oil shale.

Publication Year 2017
Title Oil Shale
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-39193-9_181-1
Authors Justin E. Birdwell
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70189571
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Central Energy Resources Science Center