Elements of Petroleum Geology / Edition 2by Richard C. Selley
Pub. Date: 09/19/1997
Publisher: Elsevier Science
This Second Edition of Elements of Petroleum Geology is completely updated and revised to reflect the vast changes in the field in the fifteen years since the publication of the First Edition. This book is a useful primer for geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum engineers in the oil industry who wish to expand their knowledge beyond their specialized area. It is also an excellent introductory text for a university course in petroleum geoscience.
Elements of Petroleum Geology begins with an account of the physical and chemical properties of petroleum, reviewing methods of petroleum exploration and production. These methods include drilling, geophysical exploration techniques, wireline logging, and subsurface geological mapping. After describing the temperatures and pressures of the subsurface environment and the hydrodynamics of connate fluids, Selley examines the generation and migration of petroleum, reservoir rocks and trapping mechanisms, and the habit of petroleum in sedimentary basins. The book contains an account of the composition and formation of tar sands and oil shales, and concludes with a brief review of prospect risk analysis, reserve estimation, and other economic topics.
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Introduction The Physical and Chemical Properties of Petroleum Methods of Exploration The Subsurface Environment Generation and Migration of Petroleum The Reservoir Traps and Seals Sedimentary Basins and Petroleum Systems Non-Conventional Petroleum Resources Conclusions Appendices
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The text book is not good for selecting chapters for studying Petroleum Engineering and Petroleum Industry in general. It provides excessive introductory material and lacks concentration. For example, a chapter could have been devoted to the college level courses required for petroelum engineers, thus also fullfilling the intended technical know how for geologist in the Petroleum Industry. Too heavy in it's introductory format and lacking the intermediate level of expectation. It is certainly not comparable to most textbooks identified as 'Elements Of'. The flow of material presented is not enjoy-'able'. This book needs to be revised for a new edition or shelved.
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