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# Some geologist argue that if oil is as common in unsampled

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Some geologist argue that if oil is as common in unsampled areas of the world as it is in those already sampled, our current estimate of reserves that exist underground must be multiplied by a factor of 10000. From this we can conclude that we can meet the oil needs of the entire world for atleast five centuries, even assuming that future consumption grows at an accelarating rate.

To reach the stated conclusion, the author must assume which of the following?
(A) it is possible to recover the oil contained in unexplored areas of the world.
(B) The consumption rate for oil will not grow rapidly.
(C) Oil will remain an important energy source for atleast 500 years.
(D) The world will achieve and maintain zero population growth.
(E) New technology will make oil deisovery and drilling more feasible that ever before.

Qus looks straightforward but OA is wierd.
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13 Feb 2005, 19:21
the answer to the question is unresolved with overwhelming consensus in this thread:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... =unsampled
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13 Feb 2005, 19:34
torn between A & C...

should be A (striking out C because of "atleast 5 centuries")
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14 Feb 2005, 02:09
i thin it is A
it can't be c, because in the questionit has been stated that oil consumption may grow at accelrated growth.
so oil remains as important source of energy or not , doesn't matter

Am i right
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14 Feb 2005, 04:41
that must be an error.
(A) it is.
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14 Feb 2005, 05:33
C is it
The AUthor assumes that we will keep using oil in the same way as we do now.
Talking about 5oo centuries, he does not expect technology to change , or new discoveries to remove use of oil for something else...

A cant be: Autor is saying that if the potential of finding new aera is as high as what has been discovered yet then, the potential is huge. No way is talking about finding oil in aera already found
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14 Feb 2005, 06:18
One more for A

Ruled out C, because the qtn stem says " meets the oil needs " so doesnt matter if oil remains an imp source of energy or not.
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14 Feb 2005, 16:11
I completely agree with all you guys. It is defintely (A).

However, OA mentioned is (B).

(B) can never be the answer because this assumption is mentioned in the argument itself.

From this we can conclude that we can meet the oil needs of the entire world for atleast five centuries, even assuming that future consumption grows at an accelarating rate.

I hope u all agree with me..
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15 Feb 2005, 07:40
From what preparation material is this question?
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15 Feb 2005, 09:19
Yeah I thought answer was A but it makes sense that the OA is B...so what if the assumption is obvious in the statement...it is still the assumption and truthfully the argument breaks apart with the denial test for B....as it does with A so..hmmm
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15 Feb 2005, 09:19
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