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Tulsa Geological Society


Tulsa Geological Society Digest
Vol. 33 (1965), Pages 278-278

Indigenous Precambrian Petroleum?: Abstract

Grover E. Murray1


Accumulated evidence indicates that (1) the major portion of chemical and organic evolution occurred during the 3-5 x 109 years of the earth's history preceding the Paleozoic; (2) the basic elements constituting petroleum existed in the early phases of the earth's history; (3) unmetamor-phosed Precambrian lithic types are similar to younger ones; and (4) the population of the later Precambrian seas was relatively rich and varied, though hard skeletal parts are notably absent in these rocks and, in all probability, were not widely developed.

As petroleum is now generally considered of organic origin and is a widely disseminated and integral part of most sedimentary rocks, should we not consider unmeta-morphosed Precambrian strata to be prospective for petroleum?


Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

1 LSU, Baton Rouge

October 5, 1964

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