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Agua Caliente: The remarkable true story of one man's quest to find oil

By Simon Lunn.

Agua Caliente, by Simon Lunn

"Robert Moran is an inspiration to anyone attempting to realise their dream in the face of unrelenting adversity. This book is extremely well-researched and illustrated and is a compelling read, accessible and enjoyable for non-geologists and geologists alike. "

Robert Moran grew up in California during the oil boom of the early 20th century. He was inspired to become a petroleum geologist and pursued a successful career in the Californian oil fields.

Simon Lunn tells the fascinating story of Moran’s endeavours to find oil in Peru, after spotting a large anticline in the Amazon Basin, whilst evaluating a proposed railway from the air. To succeed, he would have to overcome the enormous challenges of exploring a remote, undrilled area, raising money during the Great Depression and drilling a well literally in the middle of nowhere.


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