Science: Skin Diving for Oil

The fashionable sport of skin diving has been taken up, rubber flippers, aqualungs and all, by serious geologists. Last week Magnolia Petroleum Co. told how its geological skin divers swim along the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico looking for information that will help find pools of oil.

Under the supervision of Ivan Alexander, Magnolia's exploration chief, four full-fledged geologists and two technicians practiced skin diving until they could pass the Navy's test for frogmen. Then, led by Dr. Daniel Feray, they embarked on the Gulf in a converted shrimp boat, went overboard and flapped along the bottom. Working in water up...

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