Earth Sciences

ESCI3492Petroleum Geology, Carbon Cycle & the Environment (A)4 ch (3C 3L)

A multi-disciplinary study of petroleum and its role in global carbon cycles: its chemical composition, distribution (rock types, sedimentology and heterogeneity of reservoir rocks, subsurface conditions, overpressures), theories of petroleum generation, migration, trapping and accumulation.  Aspects of the petroleum industry are reviewed, including exploration and development of conventional and unconventional resources (including oil sands and shale gas); development economics; Canadian and global petroleum resources and declining reserves.  The environmental impact of the petroleum industry (groundwater, surface, and atmospheric pollution, and global warming), mitigation (carbon capture and storage/conversion), and alternative energy options are discussed.  Labs or projects cover interpretation of petrophysical and seismic data, environmental and economic data assessment.

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