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World Atlas of Oil and Gas Basins

ISBN: 978-1-4443-9005-6
496 pages
January 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Professor Li’s World Atlas of Oil and Gas Basins is a fresh and comprehensive treatise of the distribution of the world’s hydrocarbon reserves. The Atlas highlights the geographical, sedimentary and geological features of the basins, using a combination of maps and stratigraphic diagrams to depict the history, prospectivity and commercial production capacity of the reserves on a continental and country-by-country basis. 
The Atlas is an essential reference source for petroleum geologists and reservoir engineers working in hydrocarbon exploration and production. It is also a valuable and original teaching aid for university graduate and postgraduate courses.
The Atlas provides a welcome addition to the global database of the world’s energy resources and is therefore an indispensable source of information for the formulation of future strategies to exploit oil and gas reserves.
Written by one of China’s foremost petroleum geologists, the Atlas provides a rare analysis of the industry from the perspective of the country whose demand for oil and gas is set to become the largest in the next few decades. It is an important and vital scholarly work.
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Table of Contents

Editorial Board

About the Author




The Geological Time Scale

Key to Maps


Part I Overview 1

1 World Topography 2

2 World Political Map 6

3 Geological Map of the Continents 10

4 World Tectonic Map 14

5 World Map of Oil and Gas Basins 18

6 Classification of Oil and Gas Basins by Geometry of Cross-Sections 22

7 Classification of World Oil and Gas Fields 26

8 World Map of Oil and Gas Resources 30

9 Graphs of World Oil and Gas Reserves, Production and Price 34

10 World Oil Trade 38

Part II Asian Oil and Gas Basins 42

11 China 46

12 North and South Korea 52

13 Mongolia 56

14 Japan 60

15 Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam 64

16 Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 68

17 Indonesia and East Timor 72

18 Sumatra (Sumatera) Central Basin 76

19 Philippines 80

20 Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh 84

21 India, Sri Lanka and The Maldives 88

22 Bombay Basin 92

23 Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrghyzstan 96

24 Caspian Sea Oil and Gas Region 100

25 Pre-Caspian Sea Basin 104

26 North Ustyurt Basin 110

27 Mangyshlak Basin 114

28 South Caspian Sea Basin 118

29 Amur (Kara-Kum) Basin 122

30 Chu-Sarysu Basin 128

31 Turgay Basin 132

32 Fergana Basin 136

33 Afghan-Tajik Basin 140

34 Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Kura Basin 144

35 Middle East 148

36 Iran and Iraq 152

37 Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen 156

38 Persian Gulf Oil and Gas Region 160

39 Geological Map of the Persian Gulf Oil and Gas Region 168

40 Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, Palestine and Israel 172

Part III African Oil and Gas Basins 176

41 Egypt 182

42 Libya 186

43 Sirte Basin 190

44 Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia 194

45 Mauritania, Western Sahara, Senegal, Gambia, Mali and Burkina Faso 198

46 Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone 202

47 Liberia, Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin 206

48 Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinea 210

49 Niger Delta Basin 214

50 Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon 218

51 Zambia, Angola and Malawi 222

52 Sudan, Central Africa and Chad 226

53 Muglad Basin 230

54 Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea 234

55 Kenya and Uganda 238

56 Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi 242

57 Mozambique, Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion 246

58 Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho 250

Part IV European Oil and Gas Basins 254

59 Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Bulgaria and Macedonia 258

60 Carpathian Basin 262

61 Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia 266

62 Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Liechtenstein 270

63 Austria, Italy, Albania, Greece, San Marino and Malta 274

64 Spain, Portugal and Andorra 278

65 France, Netherlands, Belgium and Monaco 282

66 United Kingdom and Ireland 286

67 Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland 290

68 North Sea Oil and Gas Region 294

69 Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova 298

70 Dnept-Donets Basin 302

71 Russia 306

72 Oil and Gas Pipelines of Russia and Neighbouring Countries 314

73 Volga-Urals Basin 318

74 Timano-Pechora Basin 322

75 West Siberia Basin 326

76 East Siberia Basin 330

77 North Kavkaz Basin 334

78 Sakhalin Basin 338

Part V North American Oil and Gas Basins 342

79 Canada 346

80 Western Canada Oil and Gas Region 350

81 USA 354

82 Los Angeles Basin 362

83 Rocky Mountain Basins 366

84 Williston Basin 370

85 Michigan Basin 374

86 Mexico Gulf Oil and Gas Region 378

87 Appalachian Basin 382

88 Alaska Oil and Gas Region 386

89 Mexico 390

90 Tampico Basin 394

91 Caribbean Sea Region 398

Part VI South American Oil and Gas Basins 404

92 Colombia and Ecuador 408

93 Venezuela, Guyana and Surinam 412

94 Maracaibo Basin 416

95 Venezuela East Basin 420

96 Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay 424

97 Putumayo Basin 428

98 Brazil and Uruguay 432

99 Campos Basin 436

100 Chile and Argentina 440

Part VII Australasia and the Poles 445

101 Australia and Papua New Guinea 446

102 Gippsland Basin 450

103 New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga 454

104 Antarctica 458

105 Arctic Ocean 462

References 466

Index of Countries 468

Index of Basins 470

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Author Information

Born in China’s northern Gansu Province, Professor Li Guoyu was educated at Lanzhou University and Beijing Petroleum Geology College. He has written close to 70 books and more than 30 scholarly papers on petroleum geology and has spent many years developing a theory of Sedimentary Basins that portrays an optimistic prognosis of oil and gas reserves in the world. Li Guoyu has combined his academic research with industry experience working with China’s largest petroleum company and the Chinese Ministry of Energy. He is an Honorary Academician with the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Li Guoyu is married with children and grandchildren and resides in Beijing.
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“It is also useful for teaching petroleum geology as the maps and cross-sections provide many good examples … I found the book very easy to use. The maps and cross-sections are easily understood.”  (Reference Reviews, 2012)

"Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." (Choice, 1 August 2011)

"This is a truly remarkable atlas . . . Therefore, the atlas is presented as an ‘indispensible source of information for the development of future strategies to exploit oil and gas reserves . . . On the contrary, because of its global perspective and the links between geology and production history, the quick overview of the geological potential and the hydrocarbon industry of different countries or basins may be of great use to general managers, journalists, students, or the interested public." (Geologica Belgica, 1 September 2011)


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