First off I am a petroleum geologist; regardless of what I have been trained to believe (Academia and Industry) I was intrigued by the title of this book and the concept of abiotic oil. In short this book is simply incoherent ramblings that fail to present little evidence regarding origin of abiotic oil. Corsi continually talks about drilling deeper into the earth and at greater water depths, which he correlates to abiotic. Corsi clearly is not a scientist and doesn't have a grasp of geology or a petroleum system in general. He kept painting the picture that hydrocarbon (fossil fuels) are from dinosaurs or something of sorts. He is correct in stating that these fossils are rare and could not produce the amount of hydrocarbon that humans have consumed. There is a major gap Corsi fails to mention, single cell organisms; which has been very abundant through MUCH of earth’s time. It is convenient that Corsi does not mention many of the tight oil/shale gas/ oil shale plays that have boosted US production in the last decade are actual source rocks. There are a few different types of source rocks, but the major source rocks where hydrocarbons are formed from a mixture of lithics (clay + quartz + carbonate) and algal remains deposited under anoxic conditions fresh water environment or formed from marine planktonic and bacterial remains preserved under anoxic conditions in marine environments. The industry has long known that these source rocks do in fact contain hydrocarbon, however the permeability of these rocks are extremely low, resulting in uneconomic production rates. Thus there is a lot of oil in these formations, but it’s simply uneconomic. That is until the industry advanced its methods in hydraulically fracturing a formation to increase it’s permeability.
The argument that Hubbert's peak oil curve is certainly does have some downfalls, at least in regards to timing of peak oil. Hubbert's peak oil is outdated, BUT is a function of improved technology (e.g. hydraulic fracturing or horizontal drilling) over the years rather than an "unlimited source" of oil from the mantle. In my view it is likely that the recent oil boom in the unconventional reservoirs (oil and gas shale) in the US has simply delayed peak oil. Peak oil is real and we will eventually have to come to grips with it.
Overall, an interesting book in regards to hearing what the theory of abiotic oil, but this book was a waste of time. The only reason I finished it, is because of the book’s short length. Corsi does not present a convincing argument of abiotic oil, but illustrates the standpoint of person who doesn’t grasp petroleum system.
I don’t doubt that many people will discredit my review, because I am an industry stooge, which I am okay with. For the people who have a scientific or engineering background that are interested in entertaining the idea of abiotic oil, if only to learn about a conspiracy theory; don't waste your time.
No, since I work in the petroleum industry I have a vested interest in learning about all of the theories people have about peak oil and its potential results. However after this book, I will unquestionably pay closer attention to previous reviews.
The narrator wasn’t the problem with the book; the problem was the actual content of the book.
The author simply preached about a conspiracy theory, with little knowledge of where most people understand hydrocarbon to come from. Corsi needs to understand the general knowledge before preaching conspiracy theories.
Yes I would recommend this book, on the simple fact that people really need to understand the problem of living in a generation that is very wasteful.
The moment that really caught my attention is when the author described the size of the plastic waste. Yes there are large pieces of plastic, but most of what is in the ocean is micro pieces of plastic. Also when the author talked about how fishermen dump their nets in the ocean to save on weight and space for more fish.
He was a little monotone, but in general he was okay. I wouldn’t seek him out as a narrator, but I wouldn’t stay away from a book because of him.
The tagline should be the same as the book title; it is catchy and simple.
This is a must for anyone who is a supporter of the David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust, but if you are not a avid supporter the book may have a hard time keeping your attention.
Yes I would recommend this book to the correct people; supporters of the DSWT. If you like elephants though, the Elephant Whisper is a better book and will make you fall in love with elephants.
Her performance is very good and it makes you feel that Daphne Sheldrick is reading the book. Virginia is so good; I had to check to see if Daphne was the narrator.
The book should be made into a movie for the sake of the African Elephant.
This was a really good book and probably the best overview of Apple; it’s also a great overview of the computer/technology sector.
Not sure, but based on this book, I bet this book is probably one of the best.
How Jobs figured out what technology people would want, before they ever knew they wanted it.
worth the read...
No, it was worth listening to while at work.
It is known that Tyson has lead a crazy life, but it was interesting to hear about all of the legal issues the guy had; he really had a hard time keeping his self out of trouble.
The best part of the book was the first few chapters, where he describes his early part of his life; where he tells stories about him and Cus D’Amato.
It is funny to hear about how crazy he was, but sad in the same sense. This guy never learns from his mistakes and wasted most of his life. Tyson also surrounded himself if really bad people that just took advantage of him.
If it wasn’t for the cocaine, Tyson would have probably lived a different life.
The narrator does a pretty good job of reading the text.
The final straw was when he started to talk about killing elephants, which are an endangered species. This was a mistake getting this book and I am requesting a refund after I finish my review of the book.
I really enjoyed how detailed the book is, even though it is terribly depressing to hear what the people went though.
The details of the living conditions and different people clustered together.
There really wasn't a single person that I connected with, but it was a great history listen into what they people went through
No it is simply to long
don't listen to the second half of the book during lunch...
The last chapter was the only chapter I really found interesting.
Since this book is a few years old, it is interesting to look back and see if what the author was predicting would be correct. Most of the time the author is wrong and completely miss judged the impact that unconventional and shale plays would have on the energy sector.
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