"Oil" on Flinders Island

Cane, RF 1966 , '"Oil" on Flinders Island' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 100 , pp. 153-156 .

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cane, RF
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
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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