The Deep Hot Biosphere

Terry M. Gray (
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 17:56:23 -0700

Hi everyone,

I'm just finishing up Thomas Gold's book *The Deep Hot Biosphere*. Gold is
an astronomer/cosmologist (I think) who has maintained for a number of
years that natural gas, oil, and black coal are not "fossil fuels" but
rather have an abiogenic origin with hydrocarbons being a primordial
component of the deep earth (deep being >=100 km).

Apparently, his hypothesis has been around for some time and this book is
his latest effort to promote it. Included in this book is an argument for
life deep in the rocks and he speculates on an origin of life in the rocks
rather than on the surface.

I'm wondering if anyone else has seen this book or knows something of
Gold's views, especially anyone with a geology background. Of course,
since Gold's views are counter-establishment, folks with a geology
background may be biased against them. But, that's okay. I'm interested
in hearing opinions of folks with a bit more expertise in this area than
what I have.



Terry M. Gray, Ph.D., Computer Support Scientist
Chemistry Department, Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523
phone: 970-491-7003 fax: 970-491-1801