Those who have recalled Dr. Gold's work for NASA and his controversial pursuit of 'deep black goo' in oil drill samples from Sweden will be delighted to read of the full story here. An audacious synthesis of facts into a revised world-view of the science of geology as stunning in its' implications as continental drift theory was in the last century. Anecdotes from classical historians such as Seneca are interwoven with compelling data on the influx of carbonaceous materials from space during the formation of the Earth. Briefly, the Earth we live on is neither so stable nor so homogenous as those raised on the color geology books have been led to believe. The interior heat of the Earth has distilled the organics into the coal, oil and gas deposits we use today--if true, implying a stunning abundance of fuels beneath our feet, literally 4% of the volume of the oceans themselves, according to one estimate. The economic implications of this work alone make it worth reading.
I think this is a very important book. Its a shame that he passed away in 2004. Since now we see data coming in from Titan showing Hydrocarbon seas. I think he's concept will given time be found to be right. In the USSR these theories are taken seriously, not surprisingly they are the number one oil producers in the world now. The West keeps ignoring the evidence and the author presents his cases. One of the most interesting books, I read this one after Paul Davies "Origin of Life" and they both complement one another. Hopefully more deep drilling will be done. I found his theories on Earthquakes, metals, and diamonds very interesting as well and they do seem to make sense.
With Thomas Gold, the reader realises how exciting the world is. Here we have an author that makes the reader feel that he can explain the world to him. The major target here is the conventional idea that oil is from fossils but why are we no nearer the end of it if so? The Greens say we are but they were seriously saying that we would run out of fuel in 30 years 40 years ago.
We have increased our usage of oil fuel since then and lately India and China have set out to refute the old Green idea of the 1960s that their large populations could not surpass 1960s USA standards and bear in mind that the world population has doubled since the 1960s. If oil flows from the excretions of living microbes, as Gold says, then the abundance of oil that we have will be explained. However, even if the book is false in its thesis, the exciting way it opens up the topic to the reader is going to be a boon nevertheless.