What is the difference between oil and coal in the ground?



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    Both oil and coal originated from biomatter that got buried and then pushed to a certain level in the Earth’s crust until it reached the perfect temperature. Then the biomatter turned into oil or coal respectively. Oil is mostly composed of animal matter that sunk to the ocean floor while coal is mostly composed of plant material.

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    Oil is NOT composed of animal matter. Virtually all of it is derived from plants, just as coal is. Differences relate to burial history, the nature of the original plant material, depth of burial, presence or absence of impurities. Animals have virtually nothing to do with oil, or coal, or natural gas. Oil also need not be formed “on the ocean floor,” although much oil is derived from marine environments. Really significant oil generation has come from lakes and lagoonal areas in the geologic past.

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