Brief History of Oil Fields

In August 2, 2016

An oil field is an area of land with an underground system for providing crude oil—which is considered the world’s most important energy source—required for large equipment and key medicines to function. Using pipes to simultaneously fuel multiple locations worldwide, these establishments have kept society operating all around the clock for over sixteen hundred years.Oil Pump Jack


It all began in the Gupta era in the 4th century, when people in China drilled 800-foot holes to deposit oil they used for salt production. Over the next 600 years, people all over Asia would develop newer ways to replicate the speed of the production by conceiving new passageways for oil to travel through wider ranges.


By the 13th century, the maximum speed of oil transportation had become billions of ounces at a time. This enabled Middle Eastern people to quickly manufacture very powerful lights and defense weapons.


Oil fielding made its way onto the Western world map in 1595, when the explorer Walter Raleigh spoke of his observation of the Pitch Lake in Trinidad. This 75-meter hole holds approximately 320 billion ounces of petroleum at a time, making it the world’s biggest oil supplier.


Soon after, other explorers would encounter American-based oil springs on some of their travels, making those ones publicly known for the first time with their documentations. In the late 1850s, petroleum distribution officially became an industry for North America, as Canadian businessman James Miller Williams and American train conductor Edwin Drake developed nationwide oil wells for their countries.


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