Oil Shale




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 type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Oil Shale
ISBN 978-3-319-39193-9
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-39193-9_181-1
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Contributing office(s) Central Energy Resources Science Center
Description 3 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Encyclopedia of Geochemistry
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