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Message received April 2nd, 2003
The other night some friends & I were arguing about what exactly
oil is...needless-to-say, after too much wine, someone believing it
was dead dinosaurs won out. I thought he had to be wrong. How could
there been enough dinosaurs to fuel every automobile, lawn mower, and
airplane in the world since the advent of the combustible engine? Anyways,
I just passed along the link to your wonderful website. That puts that
one to rest! LOL!
Message received March 3rd, 2003
I am a 10th grade prime science (general science) teacher and one of
our units is called "Making use of oil". Your website has helped my
students understand some of the basic concepts on oil formation and
where oil is located. Thanks - you have done an excellent job.
Message received Feb 10th, 2003
I want to compliment you on your website. I am also interested in linking
to portions of it to better inform some of our employees, who are in
support areas of our company, about Geology, Paleontology, etc.
- Director, Communications & Web Development for a major petroleum corporation
Message received September 30, 2002
The year before the Drake well came in, Canadians were already pumping
oil from the oil well in Petrolia, Ontario. Try reading this page: http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/earth/waton/s937.html
Message received August 1st, 2002
As an educator for 20 years, and as a board member of the Louisiana
Oil and Gas museum, let me say that your site is amazing. I have searched
the internet and other media for oil information that would be easily
understood by students as well as museum visitors and yours is far and
away the best!!! I would love to see you put together an educational
handbook in the style of "Project WET" (water education for teachers),
"Project Wild", and "Project Learning Tree".
- Kristina Hardwick
Message received June 23rd, 2002
Let me first say what an excellent educational site, it is fast
and informative whilst not being overly complex. The hot button diagram
in the first part of the Oil Systems area is excellent. Perhaps a valuable
addition would be a similar diagram for Gas prone reservoirs sourced
from deltas such as the Gas in the Southern N. Sea UK. This is sourced
from the Carboniferous deltaic and marsh sediments with reservoirs in
Carboniferous channel/delta sandstones and aeolian Rotleigend Sandstones
-computer application support consultant, UK
Message received January 1st, 2002
This is not a question but a comment on the veracity of a very small
part of your oil web page. Part of the rock cycle is not valid - in
spite if this error being repeated in all intro geology textbooks. In
fact we call it the rock non-cycle here. Metamorphic rocks DO NOT
melt to form igneous rocks. Sure, a little metamorphic rock may be included
in a magma blob that is rising through the continental crust. But the
origin of all magma is the partial melting - via decompression and hydration
- of the oceanic crust, be it at mid-ocean ridges, hot spots, AND volcanic
arcs at subduction margins. As a teacher of middle and high school
sciences teachers it is important that this be corrected.
I just sent a email calling you to task for your rock cycle depiction.
But I omitted to tell you how much I love the rest of the pages. It
is so very very difficult to find material on the web relating to sediments
and stratigrpahy that is usable for teachers - this is a terrific help
for me and I will use it in the next science teachers workshop. Thank
-Liz Nesbitt, Curator, Burke Museum, and Department of Earth and Space
Sciences University of Washington
Message received December 17th, 2001
You might have to adjust your map a little. Gas is a natural adjunct
of oil, Or I was always taught. Though not commercially feasible oil
production. They have been pumping gas for quite some time in Auburn,
New York, and now they are getting ready to drill for gas in the Skaneateles-Marcellus
area. They expect to begin drilling for gas early next year after doing
the seismographic studies during late summer.
Bob - Thanks for the tips. Maybe we need to make
it more clear that, as you said, oil is always found in conjunction
with natural gas, although often it goes "unproduced" if the
quantity is small and not economically feasible. And thanks for the
info on natural gas in New York State.
Message received November 29th, 2001
I love the site! The text on the page that discusses why there is
oil in Pennsylvania is a bit over my head, though. Great job otherwise!
-Mary Saltros, Earth Science Educator, Roanoke, Virginia
Mary - Duly noted. It's a fine line between quality
information and complicated information, but we'll keep working on it!