Earth Sciences

ESCI3492Petroleum Geoscience (A)4 ch (3C 3L)

This multi-disciplinary subject is covered by introductory lectures on: chemical composition of petroleum (particularly oil and gas); the environment of petroleum (e.g. associated rock types and subsurface conditions, including overpressures); theories of petroleum generation; migration and accumulation of oil and gas; sedimentology and heterogeneity of reservoir rocks; structural and stratigraphic traps; exploration and development of conventional and unconventional resources (including oil sands and shale gas); development economics; Canadian and global petroleum resources and reserves; and environmental impacts (groundwater, surface, and atmospheric pollution, carbon cycle, and global warming). Lab focus on exploration methods, including geochemical fingerprinting of source rocks and spills, core analysis, and interpretation of petrophysical and seismic data.

Prerequisites: ESCI 1001, ESCI 1012, and one of ESCI 1006, ESCI 1026, or ESCI 1036. Recommended ESCI 2211, ESCI 2321