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1. n. [Geology]

Abbreviation for oil-water contact, a bounding surface in a reservoir above which predominantly oil occurs and below which predominantly water occurs. Although oil and water are immiscible, the contact between oil and water is commonly a transition zone and there is usually irreducible water adsorbed by the grains in the rock and immovable oil that cannot be produced. The oil-water contact is not always a flat horizontal surface, but instead might be tilted or irregular.

Alternate Form: oil-water contact

See: downdipfluid contactgas-oil contactgas-water contactimmisciblemisciblereservoirupdip

Schematic diagrams of various gas, oil and water contacts.