This book appears six years after its near identically titled predecessor (Croker & Shannon, 1995), during which time not much exploration success has accrued save for the discovery of the Corrib gas field.

The offshore Irish basins occupy a huge area, much in deep water. All have experienced a polyphase history of extension and inversion, with associated problems in estimating the timing of thermal maturation and the degree of seal integrity. Source rocks are commonly unproven. Well calibration is sparse and patchy, seismic quality is commonly poor. Despite this, licensing is currently at a high level, probably buoyed...

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