Definitions for "Kerogen"
Mineralized organic material, similar to fossil fuels like coal and oil. Formed by the decay of the aquatic plants of Fossil Lake. This dark material gives the "oil shales" of Fossil Basin their distinctive color and odor.
The waxy molecules into which the organic material in shale transforms on reaching about 100°C. At higher temperatures, kerogen transforms into oil.
A waxy hydrocarbon found in oil shale.
Keywords:  degraded, coal, molecules, carbon, once
aged and degraded carbon that was once 'handled' by living organisms; e.g. molecules found in coal.