kerogen(redirected from kerogen shales)
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A fossilized material in shale and other sedimentary rock that yields oil upon heating.
[Greek kēros, wax + -gen.]
(Minerals) the solid organic material found in some rocks, such as oil shales, that produces hydrocarbons similar to petroleum when heated
[C20: from Greek kēro(s) wax + -gen]
ker•o•gen(ˈkɛr ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn)
the bituminous matter in oil shale from which shale oil is obtained by heating and distillation.
[1905–10; < Greek kēró(s) wax + -gen]