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Paleoecologic interpretation of fossils is important basic information to be considered in any exploration for economic earth materials where these materials are closely associated with sedimentary rocks. A knowledge of the geography of the various chemical-physical-biological environments is the clue to the distribution of many metal, gas, oil, and coal deposits. Present application of paleoecology is concentrated in the search for oil and gas in reservoirs controlled by reef masses, strand line sand bodies, and marine-nonmarine intertongues. Future application of paleoecology as an exploration tool is bright in the fields of both metals and non-metals.

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