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Journal of Petroleum Geology


Journal of Petroleum Geology, Vol.10, No.1, pp. 73-86, 1987

┬ęCopyright 2000 Scientific Press, Ltd.


S. M. Billo*

* Geology Dept., King Saud University, Ad-Dir'yah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


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