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.
Conventional approaches for the production of polymers and plastics require chemical building blocks normally prepared from the cracking of petroleum or through fermentation of sugars.