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Cane, RF (1966) "Oil" on Flinders Island. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 100. pp. 153-156. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

A survey has been made of the alleged occurrence of petroleum on Flinders Island, Bass Strait. An investigation of the material purporting to be petroliferous, has shown it to be a curious comminuted organic mass of plant detritus, apparently formed under unusual conditions. The paludine "oil", and that produced by pyrolysis of the semipeat, is not related to mineral oil in any way. It is, on the contrary, a resinous, viscid decomposition product, composed of phenols, waxy esters, resins and an indefinite variety of organic residuals, to which the name plant adipocere might well be applied.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 153-156
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 04:36
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:37
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/14289
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