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Micropaleontology For Petroleum Exploration

Estimated Time to Complete:

1 hour 20 minutes

(average of 20 minutes per Subtopic)

This course is meant to introduce the disciplines of micropaleontology . Micropaleontology is a critical tool in developing a clear understanding of the three geologic factors which control hydrocarbon accumulation: reservoir, trap, and source. The overall intent is to develop your capability to competently and confidently employ these valuable tools in exploration and production. Upon completion of this course, you will possess a full appreciation of how micropaleontology is utilized and integrated together in petroleum exploration. Moreover, you will know what to expect from a micropaleontologist.

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Total Number of Subtopics: 4
  • expand/collapse Overview
    • Introduction
    • Reasons for employing biostratigraphy and paleoenvironment
    • What is covered in this course and what is not
  • expand/collapse Modern Paleontology
    • Introduction
    • Why use micropaleontology
    • Biostratigraphy, zonation, resolution
    • Concepts, definitions, application, limitations
    • Factors affecting the quality of the biostratigraphic record
    • Biostratigraphic correlation
    • Caution in utilizing biostratigraphic correleation by itself
  • expand/collapse Petroleum and microfossils
    • Introduction
    • Some oceanography
    • Continental Margins
    • Microfossiles in paleoenvironmental studies
    • Paleobathymetry (depth zonation)
  • expand/collapse Biofacies
    • Biofacies Analysis
    • Causes of difficulty (Pitfalls in biostratigraphic and biofacies analysis
    • Microfossils through geologic time
    • Habit of Petroleum
    • Deep-Sea Drilling and its contribution to Marine Geology and Micropaleontology
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