Biodegradation

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The microbial alteration of organic matter. Petroleum can undergo aerobic or anaerobic (e.g., sulfate-reducing or methanogenic) biodegradation during migration or while in the reservoir, or at surface seeps, typically at temeraptures approximately less than 80°C.[1]


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References

  1. Peters, Kenneth E., David J. Curry, and Marek Kacewicz, 2012, An overview of basin and petroleum system modeling: Definitions and concepts, in Peters, Kenneth E., David J. Curry, and Marek Kacewicz, eds., Basin modeling: New horizons in research and applications: AAPG Hedberg Series no. 4, p. 1-16.