Oil Exploration Under the Catastrophist Paradigm
James R. Wilson, Mark Holbrook, Jim Jones, 2002. "Oil Exploration Under the Catastrophist Paradigm", Sequence Stratigraphic Models for Exploration and Production: Evolving Methodology, Emerging Models and Application Histories, John M. Armentrout, Norman C. Rosen
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The uniformitarian paradigm, a key assumption in the interpretation of the stratigraphic record, directs most of the oil exploration, making the history of discoveries a circular argument for this paradigm. However, a plot of giant oil field discoveries shows interesting, nonrandom patterns that are inexplicable under current theory. The catastrophist paradigm explains these patterns and yields interesting insights for discovering future oil deposits.
Ninety percent of the giant oil fields (proven oil>500 million bbl or gas>3 Tcf) and ninety percent of the Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) are distributed along two great circles on the Earth. These great circles also intersect the original sites of the craters of the three largest meteorites to ever impact the Earth, suggesting that these patterns or groupings were caused by these meteorites.