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Abstract: Oil and Water Do Mix

P. E. LaMoreaux

Economic constraints on the oil industry in the late 1980s resulted in a catastrophic impact on geologists in this profession. Oil and water have much in common as they occur in nature as a liquid, solid, and gas. The two groups of geoscientists who study these resources, petroleum geologists and hydrogeologists, have much in common as they use many of the same methods, techniques, instruments, and concepts. The only major difference is that potable water generally occurs in geologic formations much nearer to land surfaces.

With the advent of the environmental movement in the 1970s and 1980s, and the resulting legislative action that created RCRA, CERCLA, the Drinking Water Standards Act, and others, there has been a very sharp increase in the employment of geoscientists to address the myriad of problems encountered. The reservoir of geoscientists in the petroleum and water resources industries are an important reserve of professionals to meet the nation's demand in the future.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90983©1994 GCAGS and Gulf Coast SEPM 44th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, October 6-7, 1994