Rapid Fossilization

Posted: November 13, 2011 in novel

2015:

Indian engineer Tahir Malik applies for a patent for a process he calls “Rapid Fossilization.”  Since 2005, Malik has researched “Anaerobic Composting.”  Typically, composting, a natural process involving the decay of organic materials, requires aerobic decomposition and creates a fertile and natural additive for soil.  Malik’s hypothesized that aided by a catalyst a structured anaerobic decomposition could be achieved.  Further, with the correct catalyst, the matter composted could include petroleum-based waste products, such as used oil, plastics and enhanced rubber.  A natural fungal strain discovered in 2012 served as the catalyst.  Malik discovered anaerobic composting expedited the composting remarkably well.  In the anaerobic vats he built, composting that would normally take a year was accomplished in days.  That decay is the first stage of the much longer process called “fossilization.”  If he extended the time frame, he felt might cause rapid fossilization.  The artificial fossils then could be processed into new and unlimited fossil fuels; however, the fungi available could not cause the rapid reaction.  Without the catalyzing agent known, he applies for a patent for “Rapid Fossilization” process.  Patent server Padma Das becomes immediately interested, but rather than permitting the patent, she contacts her supervisors, who contact the government.  They think that the publication of Malik’s work would alert petroleum manufacturers who might interfere.  The Indian government communicates with Malik that his research potentially could be enormously damaging to oil manufacturers and to the overall global economy.  The Indian government offers to sponsor the research if he does it in secretly.

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