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Overview

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.

Audience: Undergraduate and graduate students in geology, geophysics, and basin analysis; petroleum geologists in industry.

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Editorial Reviews

Fouad Michael
This comprehensive, stimulating book conveys information with intelligence, clear illustrations, and marvelous wit. The author writes with clarity and authority and with a grasp of the subject matter that is lightly presented.
— (Fouad Michael, Western Geophysical, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.)
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An introductory text for university courses in petroleum geoscience, also useful as a reference for professional petroleum geoscientists and engineers. Emphasis is on petroleum geology, with additional material on geophysics and petroleum reservoir engineering. Coverage includes methods of exploration, the subsurface environment, generation and migration of petroleum, sedimentary basins and petroleum systems, and nonconventional petroleum resources. Includes b&w photos, many tables, maps, and diagrams, a glossary, and an appendix of units and conversion factors. This edition takes into account advances in concepts and technology over the past 15 years. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"... this book is extremely well written and easy to read ... I would highly recommend this book as an excellent introduction to the field in university courses, to those new in petroleum industry, to nongeoscientists working with geologists, and those interested in a review of petroleum geology. I recommend Selley's text for its easy and clear text and 332 illustrations, especially for college students and those interested in concise review. This text will carry forward aspects of petroleum geology into the XXI century." Marcio R. Mello, Center of Excellence of Geochemistry

"This comprehensive, stimulating book conveys information with intelligence, clear illustrations, and marvelous wit. The author writes with clarity and authority and with a grasp of the subject matter that is lightly presented." Fouad Michael, Western Geophysical, Houston, Texas, The Leading Edge

"... an authoritative piece of work written by an author with over 30 years experience. If you require an overview of petroleum geoscience, I recommend you buy the Elements of Petroleum Geology." Giancario Rizzi, Core Carbonates, PESGB Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716716303
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/1985
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 449

Meet the Author

Richard Selley is Professor of Applied Sedimentology in the Department of Geology, Imperial College, University of London. He has been involved in petroleum exploration across the globe and has published 5 text books and many papers on sedimentology and its application to petroleum exploration and production. Richard Selley has been awarded the Murchison Fund of the Geological Society, has been a Distinguished Lecturerof the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, and was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction
2 The Physical and Chemical Properties of Petroleum
3 Methods of Exploration
4 The Subsurface Environment
5 Generation and Migration of Petroleum
6 The Reservoir
7 Traps and Seals
8 Sedimentary Basins and Petroleum Systems
9 Nonconventional Petroleum Resources
10 Conclusions
App. A Standard Units and Conversion Factors
App. B: Glossary
Index
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