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Probably the greatest event in the exploration history of the American petroleum industry was the discovery of oil at Spindletop, near Beaumont. Texas, on January 10, 1901. That historical find revolutionized industry and spawned the industrial development that the world enjoys today. It also focused the petroleum industry’s exploratory efforts on the search for other domes and anticlines. This search sustained the growth of our profession of petroleum geologists. The second great event that had significant implications for our profession and the industry we serve was the discovery of the East Texas field on October 5, 1930. On that day...

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