Abstract

Oil exploration in future will depend more and more upon proper thought and perspective on the part of those engaged in it. Success will demand flexibility and imagination in order to picture the possible occurrences of oil which are not readily evident at the surface.

There will be an increasing emphasis on world-wide exploration, and Americans will be the leaders in this world-wide search. We need not fear the apparent flood of oil which might result, for in the long run the world is going to need every drop of oil energy that it can muster. The supply of oil is a finite thing, and within a hundred years or so a new kind of energy must takeover the world.

There are numerous unexplored habitats of oil in the United States. The most important ones lie in the Rocky Mountain states, on the continental shelves, and in Alaska. But other less important ones are scattered from coast to coast.

In addition, a great deal of oil is yet to be discovered in unexploited habitats of oil. These include the deeper measures in older provinces and the ample flanks of sparsely-explored basins of the west and Midwest.

For the past few years, the oil finding profession has been undergoing some sweeping changes. These fall into several fields, but all are involved with THOUGHT and PERSPECTIVE. Webster defines perspective as "the capacity to view things in their relation or relative importance; i.e., some folks can'tsee the wood for the trees, while others have perspective." In terms of logic, all perspective is thought, but not all thought is perspective.

It is this last phrase with which we're concerned here. A successful oil finder now and in the future is the man who can form images in his mind and relate them one to the other in proper perspective. More important, his mind is flexible enough to narrow this perspective to focus on the problem immediately at hand, or broaden it to encompass the world.

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