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In recent years three developments which have evolved more or less independently, when related, may be of value to the petroleum industry. First is the recognition, through normal oil field development, that fractures are significant to both reservoir capacity and performance. Second is the fact that controlled laboratory experiments have produced, in increasing quality and quantity, empirical data on rupture in sedimentary rocks. These data have been segregated to demonstrate the individual control on rupture of several important parameters: rock type, depth of burial, pore pressure, and temperature. The third development consists of the discovery of new methods to...

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