Mineral Resources of Africa

L. R. Page
1966 Science  
West Texas, the geometry of porous and nonporous rocks in several major groups of oil fields, and ground water flow through the West Texas subsurface. At the end of the volume are five excellent papers (not oriented to West Texas) discussing the origins of ground water, carbon dioxide gas accumulations, rare-gas isotopes from spontaneous fission, sulfur isotope anomalies, and the disposal of radioactive wastes. The standard reviewer's cliche, "this symposium volume gives an up-to-date summary
more » ... p-to-date summary of the field," cannot be applied to Fluids in Subsurface Environments. Although the laboratory of every large oil company is actively working on the problems addressed in this volume, only the paper by Silverman is a contribution from a major petroleum laboratory. Further, the candor of Silverman's paper is marred by his illustrating and discussing an oilfield (pp. 62 to 64) without identifying the field by name, location, or age of the rocks. However, the editors are to be commended for assembling a useful volume despite the industrial restrictions on releasing information and interpretations. This symposium volume is unique in covering the wide range of fluids recoverable by drilling in sedimentary rocks. Those who would like to drop such neologisms as cricondenbar and salaquifer into future discussions would be well advised to procure a copy.
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