A fuel such as coal, oil and natural gas which has formed over many years through the @D01547@ of deposited vegetation which was under extreme pressure of an overburden of earth.
Source: PAC, 1990, 62, 2167. (Glossary of atmospheric chemistry terms (Recommendations 1990)) on page 2190 [Terms] [Paper]
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