Contact: Alexander Goncharov
Caption: This artistic view of the Earth's interior shows hydrocarbons forming in the upper mantle and transported through deep faults to shallower depths in the Earth's crust. The inset shows a snapshot of the methane dissociation reaction studied in this work.
Credit: Image courtesy A. Kolesnikov and V. Kutcherov
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