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denbot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 11:13 PM
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13. Setting an explosive charge in a well is a common technique.
It is called fracking. The amount of pressure or explosive charge is tailored to cause enough shock to either increase the porosity of the mineral bearing rock, or physically fracturing the rock to allow the oil or gas to flow. To little of pressure or charge and nothing happens, to much and the rock structure collapses and no more minerals (oil/gas) can be extracted from that bore.

This is a viable strategy, not the preferable one, but it looks like we are at the end of our options.
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