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Petroleum and World Politics

Nature volume 143, page 692 (22 April 1939) | Download Citation



THE importance of the geographical distribution of the heavy minerals around the North and South Atlantic Oceans was stressed in NATURE of January 28, p. 169. It is well to remember, however, that the world distribution of petroleum is also closely related both to the arts of peace and to the horrors of modern warfare. In the present temper of the world, any non-belligerent nation which possesses reserves of petroleum is in danger of finding itself involved in serious political complications. This is especially true of those States of South America which are believed to possess the world's largest reserves of petroleum. In this connexion, some remarks of Dr. D. Bey Vercesi and Dr. Juan H. Caorsi of Montevideo, in a paper of recent date1, seem worthy of wider attention.

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    "Politica del Petroleo a seguirse por los paises sudamericanos". A.N.C.A.P., Montevideo, 1938.

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