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Title: Overview of Los Alamos Capabilities in Oil and Gas

  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
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Conference: DOE-FE Leadership Team ; 2017-10-24 - 2017-10-24 ; washington, District Of Columbia, United States
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United States
Earth Sciences

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Guthrie, George Drake Jr. Overview of Los Alamos Capabilities in Oil and Gas. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Guthrie, George Drake Jr. Overview of Los Alamos Capabilities in Oil and Gas. United States.
Guthrie, George Drake Jr. Tue . "Overview of Los Alamos Capabilities in Oil and Gas". United States. doi:.
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year = {Tue Oct 24 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
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