The Deep Hot Biosphere

The Myth of Fossil Fuels

  • Authors
  • ThomasĀ Gold

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Thomas Gold
    Pages 1-10
  3. Thomas Gold
    Pages 11-36
  4. Thomas Gold
    Pages 37-55
  5. Thomas Gold
    Pages 57-77
  6. Thomas Gold
    Pages 79-103
  7. Thomas Gold
    Pages 105-123
  8. Thomas Gold
    Pages 125-139
  9. Thomas Gold
    Pages 141-163
  10. Thomas Gold
    Pages 165-183
  11. Thomas Gold
    Pages 185-208
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 209-243

About this book


This book sets forth a set of truly controversial and astonishing theories: First, it proposes that below the surface of the earth is a biosphere of greater mass and volume than the biosphere the total sum of living things on our planet's continents and in its oceans. Second, it proposes that the inhabitants of this subterranean biosphere are not plants or animals as we know them, but heat-loving bacteria that survive on a diet consisting solely of hydrocarbons that is, natural gas and petroleum. And third and perhaps most heretically, the book advances the stunning idea that most hydrocarbons on Earth are not the byproduct of biological debris ("fossil fuels"), but were a common constituent of the materials from which the earth itself was formed some 4.5 billion years ago.
The implications are astounding. The theory proposes answers to often-asked questions: Is the deep hot biosphere where life originated, and do Mars and other seemingly barren planets contain deep biospheres? Even more provocatively, is it possible that there is an enormous store of hydrocarbons upwelling from deep within the earth that can provide us with abundant supplies of gas and petroleum?
However far-fetched these ideas seem, they are supported by a growing body of evidence, and by the indisputable stature and seriousness Gold brings to any scientific debate. In this book we see a brilliant and boldly original thinker, increasingly a rarity in modern science, as he develops potentially revolutionary ideas about how our world works.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-95253-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1400-7
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