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Abstract

The Spindletop oil field was the first and one of the most brilliant of the Gulf Coast oil fields. Spindletop is a characteristic Gulf Coast salt dome and is composed of a steep-sided, relatively flat-topped, circular salt core with a diameter of about 1 mile, and with a limestone, anhydrite, gypsum cap surmounting the salt. Most of the oil was produced from the porous cavernous limestone at the top of the cap. The early gushers have never been equaled in the United States for the size of their daily flush production. Few fields in the United States of like size, 265 acres, have had as big a production, thirty million barrels in the first three years, and a total of over fifty million barrels to date.

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