By Akira Tsuneki, Shigeo Yamada, Ken-ichiro Hisada
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As for the origin of the petroleum, “origin hypothesis of Kerogen” is convincing. Kerogen is produced by high molecular compounds derived from organisms such as plankton, which are altered by terrestrial heat and pressure in a lengthy process known as pyrolysis. Rock containing more than 1 % gross weight of kerogen is known as petroleum source rock. When we consider that the kerogen is derived from plankton, it appears that the sedimentation environment was the reductive with fine-grained sediments.
1 billion tons. , Aghanagati 2013). Pakistan has vast resources of low-quality lignite and bituminous coal of Tertiary age in the Indus Basin; the most important of these are in the Thar Coalfields, where estimated reserves are 184 billion tons, which stands amongst the largest known lignite deposits in the world. Overall, the lignite reserves of Pakistan total 630 billion tons (Ibrahim 2004). 2. Radioactive elements Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey are known to have deposits of radioactive minerals, but no data are available for other WA countries.
Thereafter, they achieved great human transformation such as settled habitation, neolithization, and urbanization. For these innovations, the geology of West Asia must have played indispensable roles in each era. The main points covered in this paper are summarized below. 1. Concerning the plate tectonics, West Asia was formed as a node of three continents. This formation caused the geological complexities of West Asiawith the concentrations of stone and mineral resources along the plate boundaries, which were so significant for the development of lithic culture and metal use in human societies.
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