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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 42 (1958)

Issue: 1. (January)

First Page: 207

Last Page: 207

Title: The Mid-Continent--Land of Geological Opportunity: ABSTRACT

Author(s): A. I. Levorsen

Article Type: Meeting abstract


The Mid-Continent region offers unsurpassed opportunities for the young petroleum geologist to learn the geology of petroleum, the technology of exploration and production, and the business of oil and gas. Here we see a concentration of large numbers of oil and gas pools of many geologic ages, all accumulated under a geologic environment of great diversity. Nor is the end in sight; it is still a long way ahead. The vast quantities of well records, well samples, surface and subsurface maps, and engineering and production data, furnish the basis for the four-dimensional thinking--length, breadth, thickness, and time--necessary to reconstruct the geologic history and thereby better predict what to expect under the surface. We see here the most advanced technology practiced d ily--and talked about weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly at innumerable technical meetings of all kinds. And for those who have business acumen and administrative ability, the countless petroleum organizations of all kinds offer abundant opportunity for advancement up the organizational ladders.

Here we may observe continuously the advantages of our free, American, competitive system as a way of creating natural resources; for the Mid-Continent is a shining example of this way of finding the oil and gas that lie buried as compared with the monopolistic and nationalistic methods of many foreign countries. The Mid-Continent is truly a land of opportunity for learning for those who plan to devote their lives to the finding and production of oil and gas anywhere in the world.

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