The program of the annual meeting of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America, which was held at Stanford University, California, January 28 and 29, 1926, was of extraordinary interest to petroleum geologists for fully a third of the time was devoted to a symposium on “Siliceous Shale and the Origin of Petroleum in California.”

This symposium, organized and led by Professor C. F. Tolman, began with a discussion by Dr. Becking and Dr. McMillan of “Life History and Chemical Reactions after Death of Freshwater and Marine Diatoms.” The genetic significance of the fossil fish and the fossil...

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