The importance of West Texas and especially of a salt, gypsum, and anhydrite basin as one of the great oil-producing areas of the Mid-Continent region is now obvious. So little has been written regarding this oil accumulation that a brief explanation of the type of accumulation, which is like that of Mexico and Persia, is given, even though detailed maps and sections are still confidential.

From the viewpoint of a geologist, West Texas is the area south of the Panhandle and west of the central Texas oil fields. More particularly, it is the area underlain by the south half of...

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