Dynamic developments in petrochemical industry and in atomic energy portend a new attitude of technology and civilization toward the fossil fuels. In the past these fuels have been used largely as energy sources, being destroyed in the process. In the future, atomic energy will supply an increasing fraction of energy needs in the form of electric power and process heat. The fossil chemicals will gradually find more valuable utilization as chemical raw material, and hence greater interest will be focused on the exact nature of the organic compounds in rocks. These substances are also of philosophic interest, for there is little doubt that originally they were part of living entities.


Humic Acid Aspartic Acid Amino Acid Content Organic Geochemistry Naphthenic Acid 
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