Story: Fossils

Drill rig

Drill rig

Drill rigs exploring for oil and gas use microfossils to determine what rock they are drilling through. Tiny microfossils such as foraminifera can be used to identify and date different layers of rock, providing crucial information in the search for new sources of petroleum.

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How to cite this page:

Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Uses and collections', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006