History and development of the Rocky Mountain overthrust as a hydrocarbon potential

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1982-06

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The Ohio State University

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In recent years the worlds petroleum resources have dwindled drastically, this combined with exorbitant prices for foreign oil the United States has a great need for new oil exploration. Much of this new exploration has occurred in the western United States, aligned along the overthrusts and disturbed belts that extend from Canada to Mexico. This paper reviews the history of the Rocky Mountain Overthrust and the developments in petroleum exploration along it. Finally, the author attempts to draw some conclusions as to locations of other possible fields along the thrust zone and their possible importance to the petroleum supply.

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