natural gas


natural gas
   A mixture of low-molecular weight hydrocarbons obtained in petroleum producing regions throughout the world. Natural gas consists of approximately 85% methane, 10% ethane and the balance propanes, butanes and nitrogen. Since it is nearly odorless, an odorizing agent is added to most natural gas prior to final sale.

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