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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 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. It updates the First Edition completely and reviews the concepts and methodology of petroleum exploration and production. It is written by a pre-eminent petroleum geologist and sedimentologist with 30 years of petroleum exploration in remote corners of the world. It contains information pertinent to geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum reservoir engineers.
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.