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"Oil" on Flinders Island
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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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.
|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|
|Collections:||Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania|
|Additional Information:||Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania|
|Date Deposited:||29 May 2012 04:36|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 04:37|
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