Hydrocarbons are naturally produced chemical substances formed by carbon and hydrogen. These atoms can arrange themselves into a great variety of structures depending on their origin, and form the basis of petroleum and natural gas. The substances are formed in layers deep within the Earth over the course of millions of years, stemming from the decomposition of plants and animals from remote eras.
Hydrocarbons appear on the surface either spontaneously or by drilling and exploitation. Once processed, they can give way to a great variety of uses in our daily lives, especially those related to energy production.
The province of San Juan is in the process of looking for both conventional and non-conventional hydrocarbons via a partnership with the Volponi Seismological Institute at the University of San Juan (UNSJ).