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Petroleum Potential of Hawaii

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Donald W. Peterson
Donald W. Peterson
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Published:
January 01, 1971

Abstract

The volcanic origin of the islands, guyots, and other submerged features of the Hawaiian archipelago makes the chances of finding oil reserves exceedingly remote. Volcanism and submergence have migrated progressively from northwest to southeast along the 1,600-mi (2,600 km) length of the archipelago in the course of Tertiary time; hence the possible existence of submerged and buried lagoonal source rocks, reefs and other porous reservoirs, and ash, soil, dikes, and other trap-forming elements cannot be dismissed categorically. The fortuitous association of source and reservoir rocks and trapping mechanisms is unknown at the present time, and until such optimum conditions for oil accumulation are established by deep coring with scientific objectives, any search for commercial hydrocarbons is little short of futile.

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AAPG Memoir

Future Petroleum Provinces of the United States—Their Geology and Potential, Volumes 1 & 2

Ira H. Cram
Ira H. Cram
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
15
ISBN electronic:
9781629812236
Publication date:
January 01, 1971

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