cracking of petroleum


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cracking of petroleum:

see petroleumpetroleum,
oily, flammable liquid that occurs naturally in deposits, usually beneath the surface of the earth; it is also called crude oil. It consists principally of a mixture of hydrocarbons, with traces of various nitrogenous and sulfurous compounds.
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In 1912 the first continuous distillation refinery was built and in 1913 thermal cracking of petroleum fractions was discovered and its chemical byproducts became useful.