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Summary: A sticky, black, and highly viscous form of petroleum, used in road construction and other applications. Pronounced “ashphalt” on some TV programs.

MinDate Bitumen (asphalt)

Asphalt, also known as bitumen, is a viscous and black, highly sticky, and semi-solid form of petroleum. It is a natural substance that is often used as a binder or adhesive in various construction and paving applications.

Key points about asphalt include:

  1. Formation: Asphalt is formed from the remains of ancient marine plants and organisms that have undergone heat and pressure over millions of years. It is a byproduct of the natural breakdown of organic matter.
  2. Extraction: Asphalt is obtained through the refining of crude oil during the petroleum distillation process. It can also be naturally seeping to the Earth’s surface in certain areas, forming asphalt lakes.