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The Great Southwestern Arizona Overthrust Oil and Gas Play

Article Author(s): 

S.B. Keith

Original Publication Date: 
May 1980

Fifteen miles south of Florence, Arizona, preparations for a unique drill hole were completed in late February. The drill hole is unprecedented in its physical dimensions. It will likely smash the Arizona depth record of 12,500 feet set in 1972 by Exxon, 15 miles southeast of Tucson.


Special Note:

On this, the 125th Anniversary of the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS), we are celebrating the work of hundreds of geoscientists who struggled to understand and reconstruct Arizona’s geologic past. As part of that celebration, we are dedicating this issue of Arizona Geology to a retrospective display of articles published since the onset of our first formal publication serial, the Bulletin, in 1915. Because Arizona Geology is a vehicle for non-technical articles for a general audience, we largely focused on materials published over the past 42 years as part of our FieldNotes-Arizona Geology newsletter series.

For more information, read: Arizona Geology e-Magazine Spring 2013 – 125th Anniversary Retrospective

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