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Unconventional Petroleum Geology

Unconventional Petroleum Geology is the first book of its kind to collectively identify, catalog, and assess the exploration and recovery potential of the Earth's unconventional hydrocarbons. Advances in hydrocarbon technology and petroleum development systems have recently made the exploration of unconventional hydrocarbons-such as shale gas, tight sandstone oil and gas, heavy oil, tar sand, and coalbed methane-the hottest trend in the petroleum industry.

Detailed case studies act as real-world application templates, making the book's concepts immediately practical and useful by exploration geologists. The logical and intuitive three-part approach of systematically identifying an unconventional hydrocarbon, cataloguing its accumulation features, and assessing its exploration and recovery potential can be immediately implemented in the field-anywhere in the world.


Exploration Geologists, Geochemists, and Geophysicists globally with a focus on hydrocarbon exploration. Secondary market includes students and instructors at the graduate level in the Geosciences.

Hardbound, 384 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-397162-3


  • "The body of the book devotes each chapter to a specific type of petroleum deposit and the extraction techniques: tight-sandstone oil and gas, coalbed methane, shale gas, carbonate-fracture-cavity reservoir, volcanic deposits, deposits in metamorphic rocks, heavy oil and bitumen, and natural gas hydrate. The book includes about twenty real-life case studies."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013


  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    Chapter 2 Continuous Hydrocarbons Accumulation
    Chapter 3 Tight-Sandstone Hydrocarbons
    Chapter 4 Coalbed Methane
    Chapter 5 Shale Gas
    Chapter 6 Fracture-Cave Type Carbonate Hydrocarbons
    Chapter 7 Hydrocarbons in Volcanic Reservoirs
    Chapter 8 Hydrocarbons in Metamorphic Reservoirs
    Chapter 9 Heavy Oil and Natural Bitumen
    Chapter 10 Gas Hydrates
    Chapter 11 Outlook for Unconventional Hydrocarbons


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