Down a long way: the story of an oilwell

United Kingdom, 1954

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Light-hearted animation describes methods of finding oil. Geologists can deduce the presence of a favourable underground formation from surface observations, and the geophysicist can then site a well, with some accuracy, by plotting the actual shape of the underground strata. Describes drilling and sampling operations which give access to the imprisoned oil.

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Halas and Batchelor Cartoon Films

British Petroleum


Bob Privett



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