There was a significant increase in petroleum production in Australia during the year, and new discoveries of oil and gas were made on the mainland, at Pasco island south of Barrow island, and in the offshore part of the Gippsland basin. Total production of crude oil was 7,621,500 barrels, an increase of more than 100 percent over 1966. In Australia there was an increase in offshore drilling, which was concentrated mainly in the southeast. There was little surface geologic work undertaken in New Zealand, where exploration centered around airborne and marine geophysical surveys.

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