anyone involved in or curious about the oil industry. Engineers, executives, managers and laypersons will all
find this to be a valuable, entertaining and informative guide that presents a practical study of the operations
involved in oil exploration, drilling and production. Since the book’s original publication in 1958, this handy
volume has taught thousands about this constantly evolving industry that is so important for our everyday
energy needs. A true must have!
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 completelyReviews the concepts and methodology of petroleum exploration and productionWritten by a preeminent petroleum geologist and sedimentologist with decades of petroleum exploration in remote corners of the worldContains information pertinent to geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum reservoir engineersUpdated statistics throughoutAdditional figures to illustrate key points and new developmentsNew information on drilling activity and production methods including crude oil, directional drilling, thermal techniques, and gas playsAdded coverage of 3D seismic interpretationNew section on pressure compartmentsNew section on hydrocarbon adsorption and absorption in source rocksCoverage of The Orinoco Heavy Oil Belt of VenezuelaUpdated chapter on unconventional petroleum
Read it cover-to-cover as a complete primer, read it a section at a time as it comes up in your profession, and keep it handy as a quick reference.
New to this edition:
• A chapter on unconventional oil and gas (including gas shales)
• Modern tools used in well logging
• Modern drilling rig methods and equipment
• Expanded glossary includes 1,500 new terms
• More figures and plates
• Up-to-date statistics