How Does Oil Form?


Oil is formed when decaying organic matter is heated and put under immense pressure. Of course this process takes many years, but scientists haven't been able to tell exactly how many thousands of years it took to form.
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Oil is known as a fossil fuel because it is actually formed from dead organisms. This happens on some parts of the sea floor. As these organisms accumulate and sediment piles on them, pressure and heat turns them into oil. You can find more information here:
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