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Volume 19 Issue 7 (July 2009)

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“The Problem of Petroleum”

Frederick G. Clapp, GSA Bulletin, March 1939

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In an “Anniversary Day” address to the Society at its semicentennial celebration in December 1938, Frederick G. Clapp tackles “the problem of petroleum” with a global historical view of the science of petroleum geology, an analysis of the economics of “over- or undersupply” (p. 370), and a call for scientific foresight. His speech was published in GSA Bulletin in March 1939 (v. 50, p. 361–374).

First, Clapp addresses the question, “Who was the first petroleum geologist?” (p. 362).

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