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Synclinal Oil

Most oilfields are found in anticlinal faults, or stratigraphic traps. Oil floats on water, so that it will rise to the highest point possible, above the water. If the porous or fractured sandstone or limestone that contains the oil is overlain by impervious shale, the oil can no longer rise. If the porous bed is arched upward...

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• Homestake Mining Company
• Placer Dome Inc.
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• Guyana Diamond Corp.
• Canadian Mining Company, Ltd.
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