unproven area

unproven area

[¦ən′prüv·ən ′er·ē·ə]
(mining engineering)
An area in which it has not been established by drilling operations whether oil or gas may be found in commercial quantities.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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