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The lessons of submarine slumping do not appear to have been utilized much in the past, to the advantage which they might, in assisting both field and laboratory geologists in the survey, measurement, and appraisal of possible oil structures. A study of the paleogeographical implications of slumping leads to the conclusion that it may actually be an associated factor in the formation of oil. Typical examples of oil mother rocks are found in the Tertiary of the Carpathians and Caucasus, and a probable example of oil in the process of formation is to be seen in the Black Sea to-day; both are scenes of an enormous amount of submarine slumping both in the past and in the present.
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