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Crude oil burning in a Petri dis. Crude oil is oil from the ground before it has been refined. It contains a varied mixture of hydrocarbons that can be separated out (refined) by heating. Products obtained from crude oil include bitumen, fuel oil, lubricating oils, diesel, jet fuel, petrol, and petroleum gas. Crude oil is also used in plastics production.
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