Importance Of Petroleum Engineering

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Petroleum engineering is the drilling of oil from the earth’s crust. The oil comes from carcasses of prehistoric dinosaurs, plants, and fungi. Since the oil is laborious to extract, there are petroleum engineers that specialize in creating more efficient ways to extract that oil. “Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. They also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells.” Petroleum engineering is very dangerous to the environment because of what it can do to wildlife and its habitats and ecosystems . There are oil spills that occur in the ocean like the one that happened in the Gulf of Mexico, which estimated to be 17 to 39 million gallons of oil making…show more content…
A lot of things revolve around petroleum engineering like: plastics, candles, medicine, makeup, and even food. Petroleum goes into even more things than that. It is literally everywhere, and it is in everything. Petroleum plays such a big part in the world 's economy, and it is so important to everything we do. Without petroleum we as humans wouldn 't be living the lifestyle we live today. We would have to find an alternate fuel source for cars, planes, and boats, which would be very devastating, making it hard to find fuels that work as efficient as…show more content…
Petroleum is formed from organic matter (plants, animals and microbes) that is buried deep below the Earth 's surface by layer upon layer of sediment (sand, mud, etc.)” (Beloit). Petroleum is everywhere! It is a natural resource which is susceptible, and is not just in gas, but also in plastic, food, make-up, chemicals, and many other materials. Plastic is in everything, house, cars, toys, computers, and clothes, and asphalt. Asphalt is everywhere because everywhere you go in a vehicle you 're in asphalt. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum and there is a long list that has paraffin wax in it. Helium sulfur and other materials are made during the process of drilling for
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