Editors: Isabel Suárez-Ruiz, João Graciano Mendonça Filho

Series Title: Geology: Current and Future Developments

The Role of Organic Petrology in the Exploration of Conventional and Unconventional Hydrocarbon Systems

Volume 1

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ISSN: 2542-6567 (Print)
ISSN: 2542-6575 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-464-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-463-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810846331170101


Organic petrology is a discipline of geology which integrates multidisciplinary approaches for the exploration and evaluation of fossil fuel resources by conventional and unconventional procedures. Organic petrology has brought forth new, powerful analytical tools for the characterization of geological hydrocarbon systems, thus providing information where previous analytical techniques prove to be less effective.

The reference provides a broad, comprehensive source of information about the application of organic petrology in the investigation of geological formations related with the production and accumulation of oil and gas. Eleven chapters cover a variety of topics (kerogens, dispersed organic matter systems, sedimentary organic matter systems, oil and gas shales, etc.). Additional information in chapters referring to examples in specific geographical locations provides a global perspective of hydrocarbon exploration. The book is an introductory reference for all scholars involved in applied organic petrology of hydrocarbon systems including graduate and undergraduate geology students, engineers and lab technicians.


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List of Contributors

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Organic Matter: Concepts and Definitions

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João Graciano Mendonça Filho, Paula Alexandra Gonçalves
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Organic Petrology in the Study of Dispersed Organic Matter

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Deolinda Flores, Isabel Suárez-Ruiz
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Oil Shales

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Angeles G. Borrego
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Source Rocks, Types and Petroleum Potential

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Henrik I. Petersen
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Organic Petrology Characteristics of Selected Shale Oil and Shale Gas Reservoirs in the USA: Examples from “The Magnificent Nine”

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Thomas Gentzis, Humberto Carvajal-Ortiz, Seare G. Ocubalidet, Barry Wawak
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Shale Oil Resource Systems and Solid Bitumen

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Tatiana Juliao, Robert Márquez, Isabel Suárez-Ruiz
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Application of Organic Petrology in High Maturity Shale Gas Systems

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Paul C. Hackley
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Tight Gas Systems

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Hamed Sanei, James M. Wood, Omid H. Ardakani, Christopher R. Clarkson
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Coal Bed Methane

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Peter J. Crosdale
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Spent Source Rocks in a Paleo-Petroleum System: A Case Study

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Silvia Omodeo-Salé, Isabel Suárez-Ruiz
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Perspectives on Shale Resource Plays

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Daniel M. Jarvie
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Subject Index

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