Where is it found?
Wallace Pratt,a noted wildcatter, once remarked that, “Oil is found in the minds of men”. He was referring to the imagination that it takes to visualize the geological conditions that trap oil underneath the ground. Indeed, most oil is found beneath the ground and it takes special tools and creative thinking in order to find the place where it is hiding.
Some oil makes its way to the surface where it forms oil “seeps”. One such place is at the intersection of C-470 and US 285. Theseseeps can be clues to buried oil fields.
Oil seeps can be found on the bottom of the ocean such as in the Gulf of Mexico, or off the coast of California. Some of the seeps on land were used by early pioneers to grease the axles of their covered wagons as they trekked across the West.