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The most widely accepted theory about how natural gas was created is that it was formed by the underground decomposition of organic matter (dead plants and animals). If the organic matter is buried deeply enough, much of the carbon and hydrogen is converted to methane, the major component of natural gas. (The chemical formula for methane is CH4--that is, a molecule of methane has one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms.)

Large volumes of methane can be trapped in the subsurface of the Earth at places where the right geological conditions occurred at the right times. Such a place is called a reservoir. Reservoirs are made up of porous and permeable rocks that can hold significant amounts of oil and gas within their pore spaces.

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Date Of Record Release 2008-06-25 14:08:25
Description The most widely accepted theory about how natural gas was created is that it was formed by the underground decomposition of organic matter (dead plants and animals). If the organic matter is buried deeply enough, much of the carbon and hydrogen is converted to methane, the major component of natural gas. (The chemical formula for methane is CH4--that is, a molecule of methane has one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms.)

Large volumes of methane can be trapped in the subsurface of the Earth at places where the right geological conditions occurred at the right times. Such a place is called a reservoir. Reservoirs are made up of porous and permeable rocks that can hold significant amounts of oil and gas within their pore spaces.
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Source United States Department of Energy
Selector Rowe
Date Of Record Creation 2008-06-25 14:06:22
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Date Last Modified 2011-03-11 16:26:10
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2011-03-11 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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