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Elements of Petroleum Geology / Edition 3

Elements of Petroleum Geology / Edition 3


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Elements of Petroleum Geology / Edition 3

This Third Edition of Elements of Petroleum Geology is completely updated and revised to reflect the vast changes in the field since publication of theSecond Edition. This book is a usefulprimer 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.

  • Updates the Second Edition completely
  • Reviews the concepts and methodology of petroleum exploration and production
  • Written by a preeminent petroleum geologist and sedimentologist with decades of petroleum exploration in remote corners of the world
  • Contains information pertinent to geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum reservoir engineers
  • Updated statistics throughout
  • Additional figures to illustrate key points and new developments
  • New information on drilling activity and production methods including crude oil, directional drilling, thermal techniques, and gas plays
  • Added coverage of 3D seismic interpretation
  • New section on pressure compartments
  • New section on hydrocarbon adsorption and absorption in source rocks
  • Coverage of The Orinoco Heavy Oil Belt of Venezuela
  • Updated chapter on unconventional petroleum

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780123860316
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 11/27/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 526
Sales rank: 285,078
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Richard Selley é pesquisador sênior associado e professor emérito de Geologia do Petróleo na Imperial College, Londres.

Stephen A. Sonnenberg é professor e ocupa a distinta cadeira Charles Boettcher na Colorado School of Mines.

Table of Contents

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

What People are Saying About This

Mario R. Mello

Overall, this book is extremely well written and easy to read. Naturally, with such a diverse number of complex topics to cover, specialists in particular areas of petroleum geology might find the coverage a little superficial. However, I would highly recommend this book as an excellent introduction to the field in university courses, to those new to 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 a concise review. This text will carry forward aspects of petroleum geology into the XXI century.
— (Mario R. Mello, Center of Excellence of Geochemistry, Petrobras)

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