Elements of Petroleum Geology

Elements of Petroleum Geology

4th Edition - June 11, 2022

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  • Authors: Richard Selley, Stephen Sonnenberg
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128223161
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128223178

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Elements of Petroleum Geology, Fourth Edition 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. This updated edition includes new case studies on non-conventional exploration, including tight oil and shale gas exploration, as well as coverage of the impacts on petroleum geology on the environment. Sections on shale reservoirs, flow units and containers, IOR and EOR, giant petroleum provinces, halo reservoirs, and resource estimation methods are also expanded.

Key Features

  • Written by a preeminent petroleum geologist and sedimentologist with decades of petroleum exploration in remote corners of the world
  • Covers information pertinent to everyone working in the oil and gas industry, especially geophysicists, geologists and petroleum reservoir engineers
  • Fully revised with updated references and expanded coverage of topics and new case studies


Oil and Gas Industry Professionals. Students and researchers in petroleum science

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Quotes and Reviews of the Third Edition
  • Preface to the Fourth Edition
  • 1. Introduction
  • 1.1. Historical Review of Petroleum Exploration
  • 1.2. Context of Petroleum Geology
  • 2. The Physical and Chemical Properties of Petroleum
  • 2.1. Natural Gases
  • 2.2. Gas Hydrates
  • 2.3. Crude Oil
  • 3. Methods of Exploration
  • 3.1. Well Drilling and Completion
  • 3.2. Formation Evaluation
  • 3.3. Geophysical Methods of Exploration
  • 3.4. Borehole Geophysics and 4-D Seismic
  • 3.5. Subsurface Geology
  • 3.6. Remote Sensing
  • 4. The Subsurface Environment
  • 4.1. Subsurface Waters
  • 4.2. Subsurface Temperatures
  • 4.3. Subsurface Pressures
  • 4.4. Subsurface Fluid Dynamics
  • 5. Generation and Migration of Petroleum
  • 5.1. Origin of Petroleum: Organic or Inorganic
  • 5.2. Modern Organic Processes on the Earth's Surface
  • 5.3. Formation of Kerogen
  • 5.4. Petroleum Migration
  • 5.5. Petroleum System
  • 6. The Reservoir
  • 6.1. Porosity
  • 6.2. Permeability
  • 6.3. Capillary Pressure
  • 6.4. Relationship Between Porosity, Permeability, and Texture
  • 6.5. Effects of Diagenesis on Reservoir Quality
  • 6.6. Reservoir Continuity
  • 6.7. Reservoir Characterization
  • 6.8. Reserve Calculations
  • 6.9. Production Methods
  • 7. Traps and Seals
  • 7.1. Introduction
  • 7.2. Nomenclature of a Trap
  • 7.3. Distribution of Petroleum within a Trap
  • 7.4. Seals and Cap Rocks
  • 7.5. Classification of Traps
  • 7.6. Structural Traps
  • 7.7. Diapiric Traps
  • 7.8. Stratigraphic Traps
  • 7.9. Hydrodynamic Traps
  • 7.10. Combination Traps
  • 7.11. Traps: Conclusion
  • 8. Sedimentary Basins and Petroleum Systems
  • 8.1. Basic Concepts and Terms
  • 8.2. Mechanisms of Basin Formation
  • 8.3. Classification of Sedimentary Basins
  • 8.4. Cratonic Basins
  • 8.5. Troughs
  • 8.6. Rift–Drift Suite of Basins
  • 8.7. Strike-Slip Basins
  • 8.8. Sedimentary Basins and Petroleum Systems
  • 8.9. Giant Petroleum Provinces of the World (Super Basins)
  • 9. Nonconventional Petroleum Resources
  • 10. Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration
  • 10.1. Properties of CO2
  • 10.2. CO2 Mineral Reactions Considerations
  • 10.3. Carbon Sequestration via Enhanced Recovery
  • 10.4. Mineralization
  • 10.5. Summary
  • 11. Geothermal Energy
  • 12. Conclusions
  • 12.1. Prospects and Probabilities
  • 12.2. Reserves and Resources
  • Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 608
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: June 11, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128223161
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128223178

About the Authors

Richard Selley

Richard C. Selley has spent most of his career at Imperial College, apart from several years working for oil companies in Libya, Greenland and the North Sea. He was a member of Conoco's exploration team that found the Lyell, Murchison and Hutton fields. Selley has provided consultancy and CPD services in Australia, Bahrain, Belize, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Holland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Libya, New Zealand, Norway, the North Sea, Sao Tomé and Principé, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the U.A.E., Uganda, the U.S.A., Vietnam and the former Yugoslavia. He holds an Hon DSc from Kingston University and is an Honorary Member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Imperial College London, UK

Stephen Sonnenberg

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

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Charles Boettcher Chair in Petroleum Geology, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, USA

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