World Petroleum Assessment
A review of the probable geology of continental slopes and rises over the world conclusively shows that the petroleum prospects of these oceanic realms are at least good enough to justify extensive exploration drilling, if, as, and when, there is demand for petroleum at prices adequate to cover the costs of production in these environments. The technology is already essentially available for such production although future improvements will continually be making it more feasible. The controlling factors are largely economic and political — dependent on costs of operation and prices for the product, and on the nature of the political jurisdiction over these areas. Quantitative estimates of petroleum resources beneath the slopes and rises must be extremely conjectural at this stage, but the geological setting for oil or gas accumulations is at least promising.
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Written in 1977 the publication presents interpretations of then-new data bearing on the geology and geophysics of continental margins. The book includes a discussion of plate tectonics and evolution of continental margins; presentations on the stratigraphy and structure of pull-apart and compressional margin;, prospective petroleum source rocks, their organic content, rate of burial, and distribution on slopes and rises of different margin types; prospective reservoir rock patterns in relation to depositional processes and to the sedimentary and structural histories for different types of continental margins; and seismic recognition of depositional facies on slopes and rises for different margin types with varying rates of sediment supply during eustatic sea-level changes.