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4. What is 'oil shale'?

Not to be confused with 'shale oil,' 'oil shale' is the geological formation that contains kerogen, a solid bituminous material.

Not to be confused with 'shale oil,' 'oil shale' is the geological formation that contains kerogen, a solid bituminous material.

Not to be confused with 'shale oil,' 'oil shale' is the geological formation that contains kerogen, a solid bituminous material.

Not to be confused with 'shale oil,' 'oil shale' is the geological formation that contains kerogen, a solid bituminous material.

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Liquid hydrocarbons obtained by 'fracking' shale

 

Sedimentary rock containing kerogen, a solid organic material

 

The oil that results from cooking kerogen

 

A country's total underground oil reserves

 
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