It recently dawned on me that just about everyone I know of generally accepts as fact or without question that fossil fuels are the result of decomposing fossils over millions of years, including those who dispute the existence of evolution and claim that the earth is only a few thousand years old.
However the existence of fossil fuels worldwide, particularly at thousands of feet below the surface (as well as varying heights) pretty much confirm that there were A LOT of previously living creatures that are no longer alive living worldwide and that they decomposed over a very long period. The fact that we have these fuels at varying depths also suggests different time periods (in my non-scientific opinion) with the deeper deposits being much older than shallow deposits.
Has anyone else ever thought of this? I'm obviously particularly interested in the opinions of those who question scientific theories regarding the age of the earth.