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When Earth got gas.

Considering the controversy that Thomas Gold engendered when he first postulated abiogenie origins of earthly hydrocarbons, it's odd you didn't mention his name, in "Deep Squeeze: Experiments point to methane in Earth's mantle" (SN: 9/25/04, p. 198).


Although Gold, author of The Deep Hot Biosphere (1998, Copernicus), was a strong" proponent of a nonbiologieal origin of hydrocarbons, he was not the first to propose the idea. Dmitri Mendeleev, inventor of the Periodic Table of Elements, put forth the idea in 1877, and many Russian scientists advocated a similar theory throughout the 20th century.--A. GOHO
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Goho, A.
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Nov 20, 2004
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