Most geologists agree that little progress has been made in the study of the origin of oil. Much thought has been given to the problem and many ideas have been presented, but it is hardly an understatement to say that general agreement has been reached only on its being organic in origin. No one has been able to present any real convincing explanation of just how the original organic material, whether it was animal, vegetable, or a combination of the two, was transformed into crude oil. By the nature of its occurrence, however, we are in a position to state...

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