On August 10, 1927, two world records in the production of crude petroleum were established: (1) for the first time in the history of oil, a single political unit—the United States of America—reached a total gross production expressed in eleven figures, or 10,000,000,000 barrels; (2) for the first time in the history of oil, the United States produced one billion barrels of oil in the remarkably short time of 1.189 years or one year and sixty-nine days.

Ten billion barrels

Equals 56,145,833,333 cubic feet of oil.

Pumped into a cubical tank, one mile on a side, it would fill the...

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