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Elements of Petroleum Geology

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

By: Richard Selley (Author), Stephen A Sonnenberg (Author)

526 pages, illustrations

Academic Press

Hardback | Feb 2014 | Edition: 3 | #220699 | ISBN-13: 9780123860316
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This Third Edition of Elements of Petroleum Geology is completely updated and revised to reflect the vast changes in the field since publication of the Second Edition. Elements of Petroleum Geology 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. Elements of Petroleum Geology 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.

New to this Edition:
- 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

" [...] 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

"Works well as a college-level introductory text and as a reference for informed nongeologists, such as geophysicists or petroleum engineers."
– American Association of Petroleum Geologists

"An excellent [and] very readable text for final year undergraduates."

"An excellent book, ideal for the inexperienced, and a good review for those who have been around for a while."
– Society of Exploration Geophysicists

"An introductory text for university courses in petroleum goescience, 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 black and white 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."
– Reference & Researching Book News

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Richard Selley is a Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology at Imperial College, London, where he has spent most of his career apart from several gap years employed by oil companies in the North Sea and abroad. He has over 50 years of experience in the teaching, research and practical application of geoscience to petroleum exploration. Richard's early research in the application of sedimentology in general and geophysical well logs in particular, to petroleum exploration has been rendered redundant by advances in seismic imaging. It is 30 years since he applied the Appalachian shale gas paradigm to Euroland and the UK. This research was ignored until recently. He has now achieved notoriety (outside the industry) as an advocate of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil extraction. Richard has received various national and international honours, included the Silver Medal of the Geological Society of London, awarded for excellence in petroleum geoscience, and Honorary Membership of the Petroleum Exploration Society of GB. Richard's hobby is to research the impact of geology and climate change on viticulture; demanding research that requires considerable collateral conviviality.

Dr. Stephen A. Sonnenberg is a Professor and holds the Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. He specializes in unconventional reservoirs, sequence stratigraphy, tectonic influence on sedimentation, and petroleum geology. A native of Billings, Montana, Sonnenberg received BS and MS degrees in geology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He has over twenty-five years experience in the industry. Steve has served as President of several organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and Colorado Scientific Society. He also served on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 1997-2003 and was the Chair of the Commission from 1999-2003. He is the recipient of the Young Alumnus Award, Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Mines Medal from the Colorado School of Mines, Distinguished Achievement Medal from Texas A&M University, distinguished service awards from AAPG and RMAG, and honorary membership awards from AAPG, RMAG and the Colorado Scientific Society. In 2013, he was awarded the Halbouty Medal from AAPG.

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